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Jan 26 2010   4:29PM GMT

Last warning: Move to IPv6 now and no one gets hurt

Kate Gerwig Kate Gerwig Profile: Kate Gerwig

Attention please. An announcement by the Number Resource Organization is causing a flap around the Internet. The news flash? Less than 10% of IPv4 addresses remain unallocated, which means the long-discussed move to IPv6 really has to happen. Anyone who’s ever planned a network knows that overhead of less than 10% is a problem. But wait…have we not been discussing this for a gazillion years, or at least five?
Editorial comments aside, the NRO officially represents the five Regional Internet Registries that oversee Internet number resources. This came from the NRO:

This is a key milestone in the growth and development of the global Internet,” noted Axel Pawlik, Chairman of the NRO. “With less than 10 percent of the entire IPv4 address range still available for allocation to RIRs, it is vital that the Internet community take considered and determined action to ensure the global adoption of IPv6. The limited IPv4 addresses will not allow us enough resources to achieve the ambitions we all hold for global Internet access. The deployment of IPv6 is a key infrastructure development that will enable the network to support the billions of people and devices that will connect in the coming years,” added Pawlik.

So despite previous statements about the need to switch to IPv6, NRO reiterates that This is not a test. Repeat, this is not a test, For any carriers that haven’t made the change (and you know who you are), you know every new mobile phone needs an IP address, every laptop, every netbook…you get the idea. The countdown to IPv6 is serious this time. More about the NRO.

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