Saturday, January 23, 2010

90% of IPv4 Addresses Have Been Taken

Nine out of ten IPv4 internet addresses have been assigned. Every devise that connects to the internet needs to have an address to work. The problem here is obvious, but the solution is not that complicated. Companies/governments need to switch over to the IPv6 protocol. Current estimates give them about three years to complete the transition or we could see some major problems.

"90% of the IPv4 addresses in the world have already been used up.

IPv4 is an ancient Internet protocol which assigns an IP address to every device that needs to connect to the Internet. The way it’s structured allows for 4,294,967,296 addresses – not enough! With the majority of the current Internet traffic still operating on IPv4 and only 10% left (around 429 million), this means that anyone who is not yet connected might never be.
Before you start running around in panic, the world has seen a 30% increase in IPv6 allocations in 2009 so there might be hope that governments, vendors, enterprises, telecoms operators and you get to switch before it’s too late!

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