8 June 2011
The Internet Society sponsors World IPv6 day as a global-scale test flight of Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6). On World IPv6 Day, major web companies and other industry players come together to enable IPv6 on their main websites for 24 hours. The goal is to motivate organizations across the industry—Internet service providers, hardware makers, operating system vendors, and web companies—to prepare their services for IPv6, in order to ensure a successful transition as IPv4 address space runs out.
World IPv6 Day acts as a focal point to bring existing efforts together. For the first time, players from all parts of the industry are able to work towards the common goal of enabling IPv6 at a large scale with minimal disruption. By acting together, ISPs, web site operators, OS manufacturers, and equipment vendors are able to address problems—including global scalability issues—in a controlled fashion and resolve them cooperatively.