googleGoogle plans to upgrade its YouTube video streaming Web site to provide support for IPv6, a long-anticipated upgrade to the Internet’s main communications protocol.


An article on www.networkworld.com gives some extra information about Google’s plans with IPv6:


Google already supports IPv6 with its Search, Alerts, Docs, Finance, Gmail, Health, iGoogle, News, Reader, Picasa, Maps and Wave products.


Google’s Chrome operating system — whose source code was released this week — supports IPv6, as does its Android platform for mobile devices. For example, if a Verizon Droid user connects to a Wi-Fi network with IPv6, the user will be able to connect to IPv6 Web sites.


Next up for Google’s IPv6 development team is YouTube.


“YouTube is the IPv6 team’s number one priority right now,” says Erik Kline, IPv6 software engineer at Google. “We haven’t said anything about the timeframe for that yet.”


Google admits it isn’t seeing much IPv6 traffic yet on the Web services it has enabled so far.


“It’s somewhere on the order of the 0.2% range of Google users have IPv6 access,” says Lorenzo Colitti, network engineer at Google. “Around 40% of that traffic is native. We’ve seen healthy growth in the last year.”


This is a great step for IPv6! Seeing that YouTube is one of the biggest content website around this will shred the comment that there is no content available on IPv6!


More on about Google’s IPv6 news on http://www.networkworld.com/news/2009/112009-google-ipv6-youtube.html


We will keep you posted with more news about Google and YouTube and IPv6 once it comes up!