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Transition from IPv4 to IPv6
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The Internet Protocol is the foundation
of the TCP/IP protocol suite and the Internet, and thus somewhat comparable
to the foundation of a house in terms of its structural importance.
Given this, changing IP is somewhat analogous to making a substantial
modification to the foundation of your house. Since IP is used to connect
together many devices, it is in fact, like changing not just your house,
but every house in the world!
How do you change the foundation
of a house? Very carefully. The same caution is required with the implementation
of IPv6. While to most people IPv6 is something new, the
reality is that the planning and development of IPv6 has been underway
for nearly a full decade, and if we were starting from scratch the protocol
would have been ready for action years ago. However, there is a truly
enormous installed base of IPv4 hardware and software. This means the
folks who develop TCP/IP could not just flip a switch and
have everyone move over to using IPv6. Instead, a transition
from IPv4 to IPv6 had to be planned.
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