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.
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)
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