CIRA participates in World IPv6 Day

OTTAWA, June 8, 2011 /CNW/ - Today, the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) took a major step toward adopting the latest Internet Protocol by making its corporate website (cira.ca) IPv6 ready. CIRA has also installed a widget on its site that will let users know if they are capable of accessing the website via IPv6.

Today is World IPv6 Day, a day spearheaded by the Internet Society (ISOC) to raise awareness of the importance of adopting IPv6. Organizations around the world are participating in this one-day event by making their websites IPv6 ready.

IPv6 is the latest version of the Internet Protocol - the system that enables computers to communicate with each other over the Internet - and will replace the version currently in use. That version, known as IPv4, was created in the early days of the Internet and has been insufficient in meeting the demand for Internet addresses.  With IPv4, there are about 4.3 billion addresses in the Internet's address-numbering system. In fact, in February 2011, In February, the final blocks of IPv4 addresses were allocated. The new protocol, IPv6, provides exponentially more addresses - approximately 340 undecillion, or 340,282,366,920,938,463,463,374,607,431,768,211,456 addresses.

Without IPv6, the Internet will not be able to continue to expand. It will also be difficult to incorporate new users, applications and devices, and seriously limit access for those who don't adopt it.

According to CIRA's President and CEO, "At CIRA, we believe that adopting IPv6 is an essential step that Canadian organizations need to take if they wish to continue reaching all Internet users. It's a matter of competitiveness and critical to not being left behind. By having an IPv6 ready website, we are taking a lead role in Canada with regard to IPv6 adoption."

CIRA's website will be available from June 8 onwards via IPv6 and IPv4.

About CIRA
The Canadian Internet Registration Authority is the member-driven organization that manages Canada's .CA domain name registry, develops and implements policies that support Canada's Internet community, and represents the .CA registry internationally.

SOURCE Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA)

For further information:

Jennifer Austin
Senior Manager, Communications and Marketing
613-237-5335 ext. 296
jennifer.austin@cira.ca
cira.ca


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