Cliff Saran’s Enterprise blog

Jun 18 2008   9:12AM GMT

The Internet will collapse unless we all move to IPv6

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The internet is running out of addresses. This should be a well-known fact. As it stands today the internet can support four billion addresses and Geoff Huston, chief scientist at APNIC estimates that there won’t be any left by 2011.

The internet needs to move from IPv4 to IPv6 in order to fuel the predicted explosion of internet connected devices.  Every man, woman, child and device will need to run IPv6 .

Worryingly, Huston says the industry has not done enough to migrate people across. In this video of his speech at the OECD in Seoul, he explains why.

My question is why are  leaving it to the last minute. And if network equipment, operating systems and the various internet protocols already support IPv6, why haven’t we switched yet?

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