(Gawkwire) – Leading New York-based Internet host GalaxyVisions and colocation provider ColoGuard announced today that they have been approved to begin testing, using and distributing the next-generation Internet Protocol (IPv6) addresses to their customers.
The move will enable Internet companies such as GalaxyVisions and ColoGuard to continue growing even as the number of traditional addresses, known has IPV4, is nearly depleted. With the approval of the American Registry of Internet Names (ARIN), both GalaxyVisions and ColoGuard can begin testing the new addresses on their networks. Once the tests are completed, the companies’ networks will support IPV4, a hybrid of IPV4 and IPV6, and IPV6.
“This approval paves the way for the continued expansion of our businesses,” said Ruben Magurdumov, chief operating officer and co-founder of GalaxyVisions and ColoGuard. “The depletion of IPV4 addresses is a sign of the popularity and growth of the Internet, and we’re proud to be part of the solution for the continued expansion of the worldwide network.”
IPv4, the original addressing scheme, was created and deployed in the 1970s, when the Internet was only a Defense Department project. The four-part numbering scheme – such as 192.168.0.1 – could support up to 4 billion addresses. That was an unfathomably high number in the early days of the Internet when only academics and other researchers were connected.
But that was before the Internet and the World Wide Web became a sensation. Suddenly, in the late 1990s, everything from computers to cars became Internet-enabled. In fact, every Internet-connected device must have a unique IP address. In the 1990s, it was estimated that all 4 billion IPv4 addresses would be used sometime between 2010 and 2017.
IPv6 was developed by the Internet Engineering Task Force in the 1990s, well before there was a crisis with IPv4 addresses. IPv6 addresses consist of eight groups of four hexadecimal digits separated by colons, for example 2001:0db8:85a3:0042:1000:8a2e:0370:7334. Most importantly, there are enough unique addresses – 34 undecillion, to be exact, to last well into the future. (One undecillion has 36 zeros.)
To prepare for the eventual switch, ARIN has been building awareness of the need to switch. In June 2011, for example, it held an official kick-off of the switch: World IPv6 Day.
The transition at GalaxyVisions and ColoGuard – as well as elsewhere – will take time as customers upgrade their equipment.
"Customers won’t suddenly vanish from the Web as IPv4 hits it limit. By testing and offering IPv6 now, there’s plenty of time to ensure that nobody loses business continuity as everyone else in the world slowly makes the switch,” said Magurdumov.
Both GalaxyVisions and ColoGuard support teams are standing by to answer any questions current and future customers may have about the IPv6 transition. There is no firm deadline for everyone to make the switch, as both IPv4 and IPv6 traffic will be processed.
For more information about about the transition, visit http://www.GetIPv6.info.
ColoGuard Inc. was born out of the increasing need for affordable enterprise colocation solutions. ColoGuard is a privately held managed colocation facility based in the heart of Brooklyn, NY, just minutes from New York City. With a state-of-the-art in-house data center, ColoGuard’s goal is to provide affordable enterprise colocation solutions for companies of all sizes. ColoGuard’s facility offers a diverse network routes via dark fiber, 24/7/365 live technical support and prices and services that are unmatched by competitors.
GalaxyVisions was founded in 2003 and is a privately held managed services provider located in the heart of Brooklyn, NY. It provides affordable hosting solutions for companies of all sizes. GalaxyVisions supplies the servers, software, bandwidth and management tools needed to run almost any web-based application. From small projects to enterprise server solutions, GalaxyVisions will meet or beat the price of any competitor. GalaxyVisions is committed to excellent quality service 24/7/365.