On 12 May, the Centre for Information Technology ( CIT ) of the University of Groningen has opened the gate to the worldwide IPv6 network for KVI. This rather complex operation was, thanks to the good collaboration with the CIT , performed within a day. Almost all servers at KVI are now also accessible via IPv6, and also at many workplaces IPv6 can be used now. On 17 May, the CIT has also configured the IPv6 routing to KVI redundantly, so that KVI, as the first unit of the University, now fully participates in the worldwide IPv6 network.
The present IPv4 Internet is based on network protocols originating from the eighties of the past century. In the following years, the Internet has made an unexpected and fast growth. Therefore it became clear that the IPv4 protocol would reach its boundaries much faster than expected. At a certain moment, further extension of the Internet would not be possible anymore, because the IP addresses would run out. Therefore, in the nineties already a start was made with the development of the IPv6 protocol. This protocol uses IP addresses of 128 instead of 32 bits, with an enormous extension of the number addresses as a result.
In February last, the IANA, the top organization for Internet addresses, handed out its last address. In April also APNIC, the regional organization for Southeast Asia and Australia , ran out of addresses. It is to be expected that RIPE , the organization for the rest of Asia and Europe, will follow within a year.
Now we are on the threshold of the introduction of IPv6. In the Netherlands, and also in the rest of the world, however, the use of IPv6 is just getting off the ground. Because KVI has a strong international orientation and it also has collaborations with countries with a great demand for new IP addresses, like China , it is of the utmost importance for KVI to be timely prepared for IPv6. KVI is now, just in time for the “World IPv5 day” on 8 June, ready for the new standard!
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