New Zealand’s core internet infrastructure is being upgraded in preparation for an expected explosion in the number of internet-connected devices.
The next-generation internet protocol, IPv6, uses 128-bit addresses, which is a huge leap from the 32-bit addresses used by the existing IPv4 protocol. This will allow the creation of up to “340 billion billion billion billion” addresses, compared with 4.3 billion for IPv4, says InternetNZ.
Last week the NZ Registry Services division of InternetNZ announced that its .nz name servers, located in Wellington and Albany, north of Auckland, are operating using IPv6 connectivity and constitute the first phase of the .nz rollout of IPv6.
InternetNZ executive director Keith Davidson says the move shows technical leadership.
“InternetNZ is seeking to promote IPv6 take-up for NZ, and this is an important step in the process,” he says. InternetNZ will be working to raise awareness of the new protocol and issues around it over the next year.
“[We] will be hosting an IPv6 awareness seminar in October this year and an IPv6 Hui within the next 12 months.”
However, for companies, IPv6 management promises to be tricky as it incorporate new encryption schemes and will likely have to be supported alongside IPv4 for some time. In addition, management tools remain seriously lacking.