Web Addresses to Run Out by January 2012
So far the net has grown to the size it is today using the 4th version of the addressing system (IPv4) which allows for 4.3 billion addresses. Best estimates say that these addresses will run out by January 2012.
These means there is going to be a change over sometime and industry leaders are worried. Vint Cerf suggests that nations must begin switching to avoid as many problems as possible. Possible problems include unreliable links, sites and services becoming difficult to reach.
The new system IPv6 will make billions more addresses available but it seems as if progress to implement this new system has been slow. Mr. Cerf at the launch event for 6UK stated.
‘The business community needs to understand that this is an infrastructure they are relying on and it needs to make transition for them to continue to grow and to rely on it…They cannot grow their business if they do not have an address space to grow it into’.
The world of business must wake up especially as the current IP version and the new one are not compatible. The problem will come when parts of the Internet do convert to IPv6 they will not be able to access the old IPv4 addresses. The Internet will not have to be shut down for the transition but it could become ‘spotty’.
Status of NASA’s Transition to Internet Protocol Version
This is a considerable problem if you think the problems could exist for years; it took Google three years to get its IPv6 transition network up and running. Currently 1% of all Internet date is sent in IPv6 wrapping.
China and the Czech Republic have taken big steps to convert where as other nations have done nothing. Mr. Cerf is issuing a warning to the world that we must wake up and get the conversion started.
You can find and download the Pdf from CIO Council issued IPv6 transition guidance here