Wednesday, May 13, 2015

We are almost out of Internet!

Back in the 1980s, the engineers who created the internet and the IPv4 specification made 4.3 billion addresses.  Last forever right?  Wrong - we have blasted right through that by assigning an address to just about anything.  Everyone gets a share of addresses and the US now has about 5 million IPv4 addresses left.....starting to sweat yet?  Have we got a disaster of unknown proportions looming by the end of summer?  Maybe not so much....

Back in 98 the IPv6 specification was approved which allows for 340 undecillion, or 340 followed by 36 zeroes. Oh and undecillion IS a word according to the Gizmodo article I found this data in.

So why aren't we switchin right now?  Well it is called ALL NEW EQUIPMENT.  No bigy for small users (read regular customers) but for big business.....routers and loads of associated equipment will need to be switched out...Big hit to the bottom line. 

So, the times, they are a-changing.....just business will put it off as long as they can...

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