Update: IPocalypse: What’s next for the ‘End of the Internet’

On the 20 January 2011, I wrote about the “End of the Internet”. In Sep 2012, we are witnessing the ongoing apathy of IT managers and leaders to even discuss the problem. When it can be avoided, IT leaders will continue to ignore the problem and fail to plan for the future. This week, RIPE announced it is releasing it’s last /8 and moving to final allocation processes.

So what.

Given my recent experiences, we are at least two years away from any widespread activity. Although the RIR’s are running out of addresses, most companies already have plenty of spare addresses when they need their own allocations. And even more companies are using external providers to host content that have plenty of addresses and have long standing methods to restrict address usage.

So, for the next two years IPv6 = MEH. I’ll take another look then.

IPocalypse: What’s next for the ‘End of the Internet’ ? — EtherealMind.

About Greg Ferro

Greg Ferro is a Network Engineer/Architect, mostly focussed on Data Centre, Security Infrastructure, and recently Virtualization. He has over 20 years in IT, in wide range of employers working as a freelance consultant including Finance, Service Providers and Online Companies. He is CCIE#6920 and has a few ideas about the world, but not enough to really count.

He is a host on the Packet Pushers Podcast, blogger at EtherealMind.com and on Twitter @etherealmind and Google Plus

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