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The main difference that IPv6 brings is addresses are 4 times longer than IPv4, giving a total of almost 400 trillionX3 different addresses (3.4 * 10^38).  You may be concerned that you won’t be able to remember an IPv6 address.  However, the underlying structure is the same, subnet and host.  With a little planning, you’ll still be able to read an IPv6 address as “host 7 on subnet 2”, since your subnet and host addresses are completely under your control using routing and DHCPv6.  Just because you have a lot of digits in your address doesn’t mean you can’t fill them with zeros.

IPv6 has been on almost every IT team’s “to implement next year” list, but with World IPv6 Day happening on June 6th, many websites will be making the switch and staying there. Jim MacLeod, product manager, and the team from WildPackets have taken a closer look at 10 myths and set the record straight about this enigmatic protocol to help the transfer go more smoothly.

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