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The Internet Protocol is the primary communication protocol of the Internet and current IP version 4 is in usage the world over . It routes most of the Internet traffic today. Started in 1983, it has a 32 bit addressing system which can take care of a maximum of 4.3 billion IP addresses, which is facing the  challenge of exhaustion.  The unimaginable growth of the gadgets etc getting connected is the one of the biggest challenges facing the Internet today. Herein comes IPv6, which is much more robust and has the capability of handling the IP addressing issues of the day.

 Created in the year 1999, this protocol is a 132 bit addressing which doubles the number of addresses with every single additional digit.  With Internet of Things slowly becoming a reality and moving at a humongous pace, the adoption of IPv6 is the only way out. The likely number of gadgets etc to get connected to the Internet by 2020 is expected to be over 1 trillion.

 The adoption of this protocol since 1999 has been pretty slow. We have barely been able to reach 3% as of now . The lack of the inbuilt feature of  automatic migration  from IPv4 to IPv6 has been a major challenge. Different sorts of duality exists but that cannot continue for a long time, it has to happen sooner than later.

Given the nature of problems cropping up pertaining to exhaustion of IP addresses, security issues and improving the nature of Internet functioning and control,  the earlier the total migration, the better would be our roadmap to the what we call as the Uber connected world.


  Sanjay Sahay

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