Did you know Google search was available via IPv6 Internet connections at ipv6.google.com? I didn’t, and I’ve written about the move from IPv4 to IPV6 a bit lately. Which makes the search company’s most recent move, making YouTube videos available over IPv6 connections a little less revolutionary, but interesting nonetheless.
For now, accessing any Internet site, including Google properties, is limited to network users with an available IPv6 network — which means very few users at all. But the fact that Google is putting its properties out there to not only seed the market but aid in testing. “We now have a significant amount of content delivered on IPv6 and a real audience/traffic for it,” said Lorenzo Colitti, Google network engineer and self-proclaimed “IPv6 samurai” in a blog post on Friday.
IPv4 addresses are being rapidly used up, with the most recent estimates calling for not much more than a year or two of addresses available to meet the needs of the exploding number of IP connections, particularly by mobile devices.
Writes the samurai:
Not having to share IP addresses [with IPv6, as is typically the case with IPv4] is good for users because it means better, more relevant information can be delivered to them whenever they want it. It’s a win for openness and new applications because any device can connect directly to any other device on the Internet. It’s even a win for security, because it’s harder for hackers to find your computer and attack it. But up until now, IPv6 still hasn’t gotten as much traction as IPv4. And content creators and users have yet to adopt it on a wide scale.
You can’t view any Google IPv6 content without an IPv6 network connection, which is of course the point. But with the Web’s biggest search and content provider joining one of the leading network providers, Comcast, in testing IPV6 in 2010, the transition to the Internet’s next generation protocol may be officially underway.