(The Hosting News) – Yesterday, over 400 companies participated in the testing of the new IPv6 protocol, looking for any possible issues that still need to be resolved with the platform.
Testers are mostly reporting success and yesterday saw a slight overall increase in the volume of IPv6 traffic.
In a blog post, Facebook Engineer Donna Lee stated, “World IPv6 Day came to an end earlier today. We successfully enabled IPv6 on our site for 24 hours, with great results. We saw over 1 million users reach us over IPv6.”
Meanwhile, a spokesman for internet security company Arbor Networks told Computerworld, “We didn’t see any big problems or slowdowns today. Things went much as they had the day before.”
Earlier reports indicated that some IPv4 web users might have trouble accessing certain internet sites.
Implementation of IPv6 comes as the number of unused IP addresses on the old IPv4 platform run out. To successfully accommodate for more IP addresses, IPv6 uses a longer address field.
Most companies have yet to move to IPv6 and its roll-out on the web is expected to take quite some time.
World IPv6 Day was announced earlier this year after the IANA gave regional providers the remaining IPv4 addresses. Well-known sites such as Facebook, Google, and Yahoo participated in the testing.