ICANN Exec Warns That We're Running Out Of IP Addresses
That's according to Rod Beckstrom, chief executive of ICANN, who is worried that the explosion of connected devices could eat up the 8% or 9% of remaining IPV4 addresses, and that if companies didn't switch over to IPV6 soon, we could all be in a big mess when that wall is hit. He stated in an interview that "we are running out; that move really needs to be made, we're seeing this scarce resource run down." IPV4 only has space for "a few billion" addresses, whereas IPV6 has room for trillions.
Each mobile device that connects to the Web needs its own IP address, and with more and more of those hitting the streets, IPV4 is quickly reaching its limit. So, will companies start making the switch proactively? Or will we have to experience a doomsday scenario before we get it right?