IPv4 Exhaustion Predicted By Hurricane Electric

Companies warned of costly hindsight.

By Enterprise Networking Planet Staff | Posted Jan 31, 2011
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Hindsight may be twenty twenty but it may also be costly for IPv4-only organizations. Being denied new addresses by Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and Regional Internet Registries (RIRs) means these organizations may face high capital expenditures to install and configure the networking equipment necessary to work around the lack of addresses. According to Bi Me, Hurricane Electric has predicted that the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) will allocate its final block of IPv4 addresses sometime next week.

"'In order to avoid costly capital expenditures down the road and possible failure on their business continuity plans, companies must make the migration to IPv6 sooner rather than later,' said Martin Levy, Hurricane Electric’s Director of IPv6 Strategy. 'Companies that fail to migrate to IPv6 will face a number of painful options, including buying expensive equipment to cobble together an address-sharing scheme or going out to the marketplace to acquire IP address space at a potentially exorbitant price.'”

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