Did you hear about this? If you’re in the IT field, and you’re not dead, then yes, this is not news, but sometimes there is new news about the old news!
Take a look at the counter on the right, created by Hurricane Electric (the largest IPv6 ISP in the world). They are telling us that we only have about 20 day’s worth of IPv4 addresses to hand out. Is this actually true or just a new Y2k marketing-type scam?
The answer is “TRUE!”. Let me explain….
Yes, it’s true that IPv4 has a very limited shelf life and the expiration date is coming soon. But how much is this actually going to affect you and everyday life? That answer is at this point is really, not much, so what’s the big deal and why bother blogging at this? IANA, the organization that hands-out IPv4 addresses to ISP’s will have exhausted their IPv4 addresses in about 20 days, which is alarming. But worse, understand that most of the larger ISP’s have only just started working on IPv6. I know what you’re thinking “how can this be?” Because the ISP’s know they have enough IPv4 addresses left to handle their current customer load, plus some, during their transition stages.
So, how long is that? Well, I talked to a V.P. at Qwest in Denver, Colorado and he said “that’s proprietary information, but we don’t have anything to worry about anytime soon”. So, problem solved, no reason to panic, did you see the Jets game?
Hold on there a minute…just because a few of the larger ISP have been hording IPv4 addresses does not mean we shouldn’t take the transition to IPv6 very seriously. What do you think is going to happen when the IANA stops handing out IPv4 addresses and starts just working on IPv6 full time? That’s right, the ISP are going to jack their prices Cloud high! What costs about $8 per IP address today, will rise to $12 by spring, and continue up through the stratosphere like the precious, rare gold nuggets they will become.
Oh, and speaking of the Cloud, if you’re even just considering moving your Apps to the cloud, please go to this link: Black Hat Technical Security Conference This just happened in D.C. Jan 16-17th, and the hot topic on their agenda was breaking into that very same Cloud! Stayed tuned for more on this, as well as an interesting event called, IPv6 World Day coming up in June. It’s like Hands-across America meets the IT geek. Nice. Looking forward to it, actually!
Until next time,