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Any provider will offer you an IPv4 address free of charge if you order a server or a virtual hosting. SIM-Networks clients can also get an IPv6 for free, regardless of whether they opt for a dedicated server, a VDS or the SIM-Cloud IaaS. We provide our customers with the world’s best solutions based on the top-notch products and technologies, one of them being IPv6, a network protocol for the new generation of Internet.


IPv6 is no longer a luxury item – it is now an essential tool in any hi-tech environment. Large corporations and public services are the ones that need it in the first place. It has been a while since the technology geeks (followed by the media) made a scary prediction back in early 2010’s that the pool of IPv4 addresses would shortly get exhausted (meaning that the Internet would no longer have any room for scalability), and the humanity is now fully ready for version 6 of the IP protocol. Besides, new hardware designed for IPv6 has been introduced since that time.


Up until now, the core problem was the complexity and the high costs of the hardware and infrastructure technology upgrade when switching from IPv4 to IPv6.


Actually, why would anyone switch from IPv4 to IPv6? Are there any fundamental differences? Obviously, there are some, and the essential ones were listed in one of our previous posts.


The core benefit of the new protocol is the number of available addresses: the IPv6 protocol extends the length of an IP address from 32 bits (as in IPv4) up to 128 bits. That said, the number of possible addresses is increased up to 3,4*101038. In other words, there will be enough addresses for everyone in the foreseeable future! Besides, the increase in the length of an IP address enables us to use more hierarchy levels in the address system and introduce several types of addresses.


The last but not the least, the problem with the pool of IPv4 addresses being exhaustible gets more acute each day. You may recall that the last IPv4 address with a /8 prefix was assigned by IANA (Internet Assigned Numbers Authority, a key Internet service that was responsible for allocating IP addresses in the A range (/8) to regional registrars that would, in turn, delegate smaller ranges to Internet providers) back in early February 2011.


This is extremely important for corporate networks, large public web services (with big names such as Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Yandex being among them), web development environments and telecom and Internet service providers.


Comcast, a global telecom group of companies, the largest Internet provider in the US that owns the biggest cable network in the country, is a good example. Due to the specifics of its business, Comcast became one of the main users of IP addresses, which made the company switch to IPv6 back in 2005. By 2014, the conglomerate finalized the process of connecting its customers to the double IPv4/IPv6 stack. In general, many IT experts forecast that in the nearest future (around 2020) the network traffic over IPv4 will stop growing and will then begin to slump.


The fact that the number of available IPv4 addresses is constantly diminishing (even despite the regular rotation) also impacts their costs, which is economically reasonable: the scarcer is the supply of goods, the more expensive they are. For example, when Microsoft decided to use IPv4 in the data center servicing its cloud solutions, the pool of IPv4 addresses was so limited that the company had to look up for single addresses all over the world and, as a result, they costed a fortune. And this trend for rising prices keeps growing. Some forecasts show that shortly one ‘second-hand’ IPv4 address might cost as much as $100. Who’s going to bear those expenses? Apparently, the users are.


Still, the price isn’t the only problem; as they say, timing is everything. In other words, IPv4 is no longer up-to-date, both mentally and technically: IPv4 was launched back in 1981, and the development of IPv6 started as early as 1992. And we are now almost twenty years into the next century! During a couple of decades, the technology has changed the world around us in such a dramatic way that the IPv6 that was ahead of its time is now gaining momentum.


Free IPv4 and IPv6


The evolution of Internet being a global network connecting people and corporations is just one side of the story. Smart technologies and Internet of Things are becoming major consumers of the address space. According to the joint research held by Cisco and DHL, there will be an exponential growth in the number of devices being a part of the Internet of Things – up to 50 billion devices (compared to 15 billions in 2016).


The content transferred over the Internet is changing, too: previously, IPv4 would have to handle the transfer of simple files; the modern environment of disparate data and complex applications (say, video streaming) is a serious challenge for the speed of packet transmission, the bandwidth and the performance. The NAT (Network Address Translation) technology that facilitates dynamic allocation of IP addresses is a solution for the problem of a limited number of addresses; however, in that case, the network performance and flexibility are compromised, and the applications work slower. IPv6 handles those issues easily. The modern network architecture developments based on the IPv6 SR (IPv6 Segment Routing) concept open up new opportunities in terms of optimizing the traffic routing and the data exchange in the context of the constantly growing information environment and IoT.


Cybersecurity is another important aspect. For example, due to its configuration, IPv4 cannot facilitate the security of the transferred information (and, hence, it’s impossible to deploy a cryptographic system on the network level when using a 4th generation protocol). Besides, most of the cyber threats apply to the IPv4 stack, while there are no such vulnerabilities in IPv6.


So, the new concept of using network communications, which is based on IoT, introduces a new outlook on IPv6. Apart from the previously mentioned advantages of the new protocol over IPv4, we can also list the following ones:

  • Internet of Things calls for a considerably larger number of IP addresses than IPv4 can provide;
  • Extensive development of cloud technologies requires a larger number of IP addresses that IPv4 cannot facilitate either;
  • If IPv6 addresses are used universally, it will be a huge contribution into cybersecurity;
  • IPv4 protocol is a beta version of Internet;
  • IPv6 is adopted by the industry’s leaders with top-notch strategies;
  • IPv6 provides a competitive advantage on the Internet technologies market.


To sum it up, IPv6 is no longer just a network protocol, it’s the way towards the future. The way that we should take timely. For example, when ordering a dedicated server, a VDS or moving into SIM-Cloud, you can also order free dedicated IPv6 addresses.


You can do it any time right in the billing section. Just a couple of clicks – and you are good to go! If you need help setting up the addresses on the server or if you need to consult with one of our experts, feel free to reach out any time – we are available 24/7/365!


This post is based on the following resources:

http://www.fiercecable.com/cable/

https://www.wsj.com/europe

https://www.networkworld.com/

http://corporate.comcast.com/


Author: Alice Kandeeva

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