Today is IPv6 Launch Day, which formally marks the day that participating websites, Internet Service Providers (ISP), and network hardware manufacturers permanently enable IPv6 in parallel with IPv4.
IPv4 is the current version of the Internet Protocol, the identification system the Internet uses to send information between devices. Why IPv6? The IPv4 pool is running out of addresses and IPv6 increases the IP address size from 32 bits to 128 bits, which means there will be many more available addresses. IPv4 only allows for about 4 billion addresses while iPv6 will enable 340 trillion trillion trillion addresses (or 340 undecillion, to be correct) - virtually unlimited room to grow.
At present Tulane's Health Sciences Center Campus and selected buildings on the Uptown Campus are IPv6 enabled. As more of Tulane's campus becomes equipped for iPv6 connectivity, users won't notice when their device is using IPv6 instead of IPv4. When an IPv6 device looks up the hostname for a target system, it will prefer the IPv6 address if one is available.
Stay tuned to this website for more info about the Tulane Network and IPv6.
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