Is the growth of the world wide web is rapidly depleting the store? As the experts predict; in less than 18 months there will be no more big blocks of net addresses to give out.
“There’s work to be done. It’s not massive work but it is meticulous work” quotes Mr.Cerf.
Vint Cerf, one of the fathers of the internet, spoke, “With current addresses due to run out in 2012, nations and businesses must get on with switching.”
Although during the switch internet links could become unreliable, making sites and services hard to reach. He stated that instability could last years, as even search giant Google, took three years to get its IPv6 network up and running.
According to the Internet masterminds, the net has grown to its current size using version 4 of its addressing scheme (IPv4), which allows for about 4.3 billion addresses. And estimates suggest that this pool of addresses will be exhausted by the end of January 2012.
“The business community needs to understand that this is an infrastructure they are relying on and it needs to change for them to continue to grow and to rely on it,” Mr Cerf said.
He criticised global businesses, saying they were “short-sighted” for not making the shift sooner.
Time is running out for firms to get using the replacement addressing scheme!