The launch of the world's new Internet Protocol, IPv6, has started. With official participation of over 2500 website operators, 50 network operators, and multiple home networking vendors, this is the largest concerted effort to move the industry towards IPv6 ever. Building upon the success of last year's test run on World IPv6 Day, the Internet Society, with strong support from industry leaders, decided last January not merely to test IPv6 again, but to turn it on and leave it on.
As with a rocket launch into space, this is a moment where the herculean efforts of individuals from across the globe have converged to set off a chain reaction of events towards a common goal. The goal in our case is nothing less than retrofitting the largest operational system mankind has ever created with a new foundation to help propel the Internet to the stratospheric levels of growth the world has come to expect.
While this is a big leap for the Internet, there is still much work to do in order to release our dependence on IPv4 and allow IPv6 to reach its full potential. While we now have websites representing a majority of Internet traffic running on IPv6 and a majority of Internet connected devices with IPv6 enabled by default, the path connecting these two will require more time in order to reach the point where we can cut loose our first-stage IPv4 engines and soar to new heights without them weighing us down. We have left the platform though, and are on a clear trajectory towards significant and sustained growth of the networking industry based on its widespread adoption of IPv6.
Congratulations to everyone who helped to make this historic launch happen. Because of your vision, dedication, and hard work, IPv6 has left the laboratory and entered the mainstream.
The world has its new Internet Protocol.
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