Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Cisco and Yahoo have pledged to support the worldwide launch of IPv6 on 6 June 2012 for the permanent activation of the Internet standard in the companies’ products and services.
After a successful IPv6 day in June 8 of last year, the companies will now be joining the “World IPv6 Launch” day on June 6.
American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) and Réseaux IP Européens (RIPE, French for “European IP Networks”), both IP address allocation bodies, have long started to encourage companies in using IPv6 but it took last year’s running out of IPv4 addresses to catch their attention.
Last year’s IPv6 day saw companies that will also take part during the World IPv6 Launch day to rally awareness and witness how much disruption it will cause.
“Operational experience and measurements on World IPv6 Launch will help content providers and ISPs to identify and rectify any potential problems with delivering services over IPv6,” said Daniel Karrenberg, Chief Scientist at RIPE NCC.