The Internet is running out of IPv4 address

By on January 25, 2011
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Only 33 million address left now, and/or 9 days…

You thought the Internet was all mighty, all knowing and all…err,  infinite? Well, think again – it is about to run out of IPv4 addresses.

Hurricane Electric reports that only about 33 million IP addresses remain unallocated. That’s a lot, you say? Let me rephrase that – Hurricane Electric reports that only 2% of overall IPv4 addresses remain unallocated, which will be gobbled up in 9 days. That’s a little over a week.

But don’t worry, the Internet won’t crash or anything of that sort, though it would had been fun if this ‘IPCalypse’ had happened near December 21, 2012 – but no, the Internet chose to be a troll. Anyway, the shortage of four-block IP addresses (hence IPv4) was foreseen long back, and alternate was developed in 1981 called IPv6 (how original!). The tech was finalized in 1998, but has not seen much adoption in its twelve years of existence.

Guess who’s about to get famous?

Source: Neowin.


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Mufaddal Fakhruddin is the Editor for IGN ME and thinks writing in third person about himself in an about me section is weird.

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