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IPv6 adoption has grown 1,900%, largely due to GoDaddy

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Love ‘em or hate ‘em (or their ads), the GoDaddy folks have been the main force behind driving IPv6 adoption, according to a recent census.

The IPv6 Census shows that over the past year, the percentage of zones under .com, .net and .org top level domains with IPv6 support has increased by 1,900 percent.

“This dramatic increase can be primarily attributed to the introduction of support of IPv6 by a single registrar, GoDaddy,” said Infoblox, the IT network automation and control company that sponsored the census, in a statement.

To be clear, IPv6 still needs more support. The large growth statistic from 2010 to 2011 is largely because of an extremely low starting point. Just 1.27 percent of subdomains in the 2010 census supported IPv6. By 2011, that number had risen to 25.4 percent. While that is a dramatic increase, registrars and other involved parties still have a lot of work to do.

GoDaddy had a larger impact due to its size alone. It is the current leading registrar, controlling around 37 million domains, or around 32 percent of the global market. (We note that in June 2011, the percentage was closer to half the global market; in August, the company controlled 45 million domains.)

“Factoring out Go Daddy’s contribution, the percentage of zones that support IPv6 increased organically more than two-fold over the previous year to over 3 percent,” Infoblox stated.

Currently, less than 1 percent of the zones surveyed had IPv6-enabled web servers. The U.S., France and the Czech Republic are the leading countries in IPv6 adoption.

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