No More IPs!?
The growth of corporate data centers has fueled the demand for new Internet Protocol addresses. It may seem difficult to believe, but nearly all of the 4.3 billion addresses that were created back in 1981 are now currently in use, and the demand continues to grow. (McMillan, WSJ, 2015). The general public is not aware of this impending problem, but it has come to the attention of everyone in the tech sector industry – we are running out of internet addresses! What does this impending shortage mean to you? It means the crisis is definitely real and will soon be a major topic of conversation in C-suite executive boardrooms around the globe.
There were however, some forward thinking organizations that were somehow privy to on-going business intelligence, got wind of the upcoming shortage and were smart enough to stock up on all available Internet IP addresses. Asia distributed all of their IP addresses back in 2011 and Europe only a year later in 2012. (McMillan, WSJ, 2015).
Large corporations have the advantage of purchasing large blocks of IPv4 addresses based on how expensive the IP addresses are when purchased in bulk. So how many IPv4 IP addresses are left? There are ‘only’ about 3.4 million IP addresses remaining, and there are numerous IP brokers that are willing to cash-in on the tremendous demand of the remaining IPv4 standard addresses.
While these ‘traditional’ IP addresses that everyone is familiar with are claiming to be scarce (and expensive), there is however a new and improved Internet IP address standard that has been utilized for nearly a decade. For those not familiar with it, it is known as IPv6, and this ‘new’ IP address protocol was approved back in 2005. Some companies and organizations have been configuring their routers and switches to this new IPv6 standard since it was implemented.
The new standard allows for literally trillions of new internet IP addresses to be assigned to different companies, corporations and organizations. According to network engineers the new standard can generate enough Internet IP addresses to assign one to each ‘atom’ on the planet!
Secure in the knowledge that we won’t run out of IP addresses, as an Excelsior student or an alumni, you will have the knowledge to manage, preserve, and secure both the old and new standards of the Internet IP addresses to ensure that they are always available for distribution well into the future, as long as Internet IP addresses remain current and significant.
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