IP protocols/software


9:50 AM -- If you're in a cold sweat over the scarcity of IPv4 addresses -- and I know I am -- then Matt McCloskey, head of Applications & Services at Virgin Media Business Ltd. , is the man with the soothing damp cloth with which to mop your furrowed brow.

McCloskey, in a code red e-mail distributed to the technology media, is urging calm, and says there is NO NEED TO PANIC!!!

"It's important that both businesses and the public realise that despite recent reports, the 'IPcalypse' is not nigh and the Internet isn't about to topple over."

And relax...

"The media furore..." -- see Light Reading Launches IPv6 2011 Conference, You Won't Find IPv4 Numbers on eBay, Global IPv4 Counter Hits Zero and An IPv4 Address Ate My Hamster -- "...isn't helpful and my concern is that it's going to lead to bulk buying of the final IPv4 addresses -- a bit like stocking up on groceries before a major storm hits and clearing your local supermarket out of tinned goods."

Tinned goods? Don't you mean bottles of vino collapso?

I'm sorry. Back to the serious stuff...

"Even with the recent speculation surrounding IPv4 addresses running out, we have yet to see real customer demand for IPv6. We are advising UK businesses not to panic. They will not suddenly be 'switched off' if they stay on IPv4, nor will the new addresses create an 'old' and 'new' Internet experience. Like Y2K, the impact of IPv6 has been widely exaggerated. The great thing about the Internet is [etc etc]... of course, we would always recommend the efficient use of IP addresses."

And always remember to look both ways before you cross the road.

— Ray Le Maistre, International Managing Editor, Light Reading

netmeister 12/5/2012 | 5:13:46 PM
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While Mr. McCloskey is correct that panic is not warranted, saying something as stupid as "we have yet to see real customer demand for IPv6" completely misses the point. Of course they have yet to see any real customer demand. Nobody would want IPv6 if it wasn't thrust upon us, as evidenced by the total lack of uptake from 1996 until 2011. The people who ask for IPv6 before the IPv4 address exhaustion are the same people who stockpile a years worth of canned goods and file their tax returns early. The rest of us wait until the last minute, and then we freak out. And there will be a freakout over the next few months as the RIRs start to say "No, you can't get an IPv4 address; you have to use IPv6 instead." Is it rational? No. Will it happen. For sure.

yarn 12/5/2012 | 5:13:45 PM
re: IPv4: DON'T PANIC!!!

Introducing IPv6 is about business continuity and securing the "unfettered" growth of the Internet. Even as IPv6 adoption has been slow, there's going to be a lot of CGNAT being turned on to overload the existing IPv4 address space, and that's going to break a few applications, unless they move to IPv6. That'll then accelerate IPv6 adoption on a larger scale. So no need to panic but time to calmly start making your way to the exit:-)

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