Each site on the Internet has a corresponding, unique numerical address used to identify its presence on the Internet. Those unique numerical addresses are known as IP addresses. The popularity of the Internet has resulted in a soon to be shortage of IP addresses. The IP address scheme traditionally used is known as IPv4, or "IP version 4". Because of the impending shortage of IPv4 IP addresses the Internet community has come up with the next generation of IP addressing scheme known as IPv6, or "IP version 6". Understanding this importance CommunityDNS designed its platform around both IPv4 and IPv6 so as to provide support for the "complete" Internet.

CommunityDNS is a demonstrated leader in IPv6 support and "native" IPv6

It is this level of leadership and of thoroughly understanding the importance of security that CommunityDNS strives for excellence in DNS resilience. As leaders in security and capacity as well as the early adoption of IPv6, DNSSEC and IDNs, CommunityDNS' dynamic DNS services remains fully capable of resolving ALL of the world's queries using the network engineered for security, optimized for speed and designed for resilience.

Some quick history and information

First developed in 1978 and deployed in 1981, IPv4 (Internet Protocol version 4) provided the means by which each networked device could be connected and uniquely identified on the Internet. With number of possible devices and uses for the Internet it is no surprise that the number of possible devices is quickly exhausting the 4.3 billion possible IPv4 available IP addresses.

Once all available IPv4 addresses have been used IPv6 addresses will be the only available addressing method for Internet expansion.
IPv4 has 4,294,967,296 addresses, and is projected to run out of available spares around Q2 of 2011 or sooner.

IPv6 (Internet Protocol version 6) development started in 1993, and the first addresses were made available in 1999.
IPv6 can support up to 340,282,366,920,938,463,463,374,607,431,768,211,456 unique devices.

Adopting IPv6 is a big deal

It is because of understanding the importance of supporting IPv6 for the economic health and survivability of customers and economies, CommunityDNS' global Anycast DNS server platform became completely native IPv6 compliant as soon as the first IPv6 addresses were available in 1999, thus being able to support both IPv4 and IPv6 DNS domain lookups or queries.

Online economies thrive on Internet growth and stability

In 2008 e-commerce spending worldwide equaled $6.8 trillion dollars, representing approximately 15% of the global GDP (Gross Domestic Product). A study by Google says the UK is the world's leading nation for e-commerce. Currently for every £1 spent online to import goods, £2.80 is exported thus creating a healthy online economic factor in the UK's overall economy. The study further points out that for the UK the Internet accounts for 7.2% of the country's GDP; with growth poised for 10% annually.