NDSU will join other major Internet service providers, home networking equipment manufacturers and Web companies around the world for World IPv6 Launch on June 6, 2012, a date by which participating companies and organizations will have permanently enabled IPv6 for their products and services.
Organized by the Internet Society and building on the successful one-day World IPv6 Day event held in June 2011, World IPv6 Launch represents a major milestone in the global deployment of the new Internet Protocol. As the successor to the current Internet Protocol, IPv4, IPv6 is critical to the Internetís continued growth as a platform for innovation and economic development.
NDSU faculty, staff and students are welcome to join members of the Information Technology Division to celebrate World IPv6 Launch from 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, June 6, in the Prairie Rose room of the Memorial Union. Light refreshments will be served.
During launch event, NDSU will participate in the global Internet2 Megaconference, which coincides with World IPv6 Launch this year to highlight advancements in research and education through videoconferencing technology and growth of the Internet.
NDSUís network, which is connected to Internet2 and the Northern Tier Network, has been IPv6 capable since 2008. IT Division staff are currently working to enable IPv6 for the NDSU website, although this project likely will not be completed in time for World IPv6 Launch.
After the launch, members of the NDSU community who visit IPv6 enabled websites such as Google, Facebook and Yahoo using the NDSU network will be accessing those sites through IPv6. While the change from IPv4 to IPv6 is transparent, users can confirm that they have ventured into this new frontier of the Internet by visiting test-ipv6.com
As IPv4 addresses become increasingly scarce, every segment of the industry must act quickly to accelerate full IPv6 adoption or risk increased costs and limited functionality online for Internet users everywhere. World IPv6 Launch participants are leading the way in this effort.
For more information about World IPv6 Launch, visit: www.worldipv6launch.org