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Following Protocol

What will the next phase of the web mean for you?

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This story appears in the May 2007 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

IPv6 may not be high on your list of business priorities, but it's high time for a closer look. IPv6 is basically the next-generation IP, and it will eventually replace the older IPv4, which is rapidly running out of addresses. The protocol also features a host of enhancements and extra features that make it a jumbo step forward from IPv4.

"The value of IPv6 is that you will be able to communicate with [and] establish connectivity to your goods and services where they're being used," says Stephen Oronte, senior director for Network Centric Solutions at Command Information, an IPv6 training and services provider in Herndon, Virginia. Everything from washing machines to streetlights could be IP-enabled and be part of the network. That leaves plenty of room for growing technology companies to create new products and services that take advantage of the advanced features of IPv6.

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