May 28 2010   5:55PM GMT

Is changing your IP address on your company’s radar?

Rachel Lebeaux Rachel Lebeaux Profile: Rachel Lebeaux

Did you know that your company might be changing your IP address scheme, whether you like it or not, in the near future? Admittedly, this is something that never occurred to me, but it turns out the Internet could actually run out of IP addresses in the next 18 months, as more and more devices, from personal computers to smartphones, are accessing the World Wide Web.

Thankfully, this is a fixable situation. The Internet is currently built around IP Addressing Scheme v4, which provides about four billion IP addresses, but waiting in the wings is IPv6, which will make trillions more addresses available, CNN reports. But businesses are apparently slow to adapt to IPv6, so it’s possible there could be a crunch by next fall with companies that have previously resisted changing their IP address scheme.

We think of the Internet as an unlimited resource, and maybe it is, but keeping it that way takes further technological advances and a willingness to change. The CIO’s to-do list is already a mile long, so I’m wondering if changing your IP address scheme to IPv4 is even on your CIO radar yet?

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