Want an Internet Address? Better Hurry…Less Than A Year Until They’re Gone
July 22, 2010
(ChattahBox) - A call for Internet reform has been called for, with a switch from IPv4 to IPv6 desperately needed as the allocatable addresses on the web run out.
Did you ever see that episode of the IT Crowd, where Jen tells the board of managers that if you type Google into a Google search it will break the Internet?
Hearing that we are less than a year away from running out of addresses online seems like the same kind of ridiculous statement, made by someone who has no concept of how the net, or anything technologically related, works. But with one difference: this is actually true.
According to President and CEO of the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) John Curran, there is only 6% of the unallocated addresses on IPv4 left, and those are expected to be gone by next year. You can check out Read Write Web for more on this.
This isn’t a huge tragedy, as we are already well into the next generation of IPv6. But with most of the web still running on the IPv4 format, it shows that telecoms and ISP need to get themselves into gear, and make the switch.
OK, so I have been seeing stories on this for months, although this is the first quote I have seen from Curran on the issue. You see blog writers running around with their hands in the air, screaming about the end like we are about to face a digital apocalypse.
This is almost certainly going to be nothing at all, probably even less than nothing. The next generation is out and being used, with IPv6 just not having caught on the way it should have.
The transition is slow, but there. With addresses running out, it is sure to light a fire under the right people. I think we all just need to take a deep breath, and remember that the Internet can’t just break. Jen proved that.