Saturday, January 22, 2011

Internet Will Run Out of IP Addresses

And soon -- "within week," according to Vint Cerf, who created the IPv4 protocol which only allows for 4.3 billion IP addresses. He called it "an experiment" and says he could never have predicted a need for more than that. The IPv4 protocol was developed over 30 years ago.

The IPv6 protocol, which should have already been adopted, as it was introduced about a decade ago, will provide for trillions of web addresses per person, yet its adoption has been slow, as few companies are willing to invest the resources needed to upgrade to the system, which is not backward-compatible with the IPv4 protocol already being used.

© C Harris Lynn, 2011

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