According to Vint Cerf, vice-president of Google and the man dubbed “the godfather of the net”, Europe will run out of IPV4 addresses by mid 2011. It’s time to switch to IPV6.
IPv6 was developed by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), and is described in Internet standard document RFC 2460, published in December 1998. It has the capacity to provide 3.4×1038 IP addresses (around 340 trillion, trillion, trillion), probably making NAT (Network Access Translation) something of the past.
Are network and system administrators ready for the change over? Are SMEs ready for the change over? It’s time for a bit more reading I guess.