IPv6: Speed Bump on the Information Superhighway
IPv6: it's Y2K all over again...only this time it will affect virtually everyone.
Like other famous miscalculations -- such as
"640k of memory in a PC should be enough for anyone" and "Why
would anyone want a computer in their home?" and "Corporate
computers? We might sell three or four. Worldwide." -- the assessment that
4.3 billion (BILLION) internet addresses would be adequate proved to be
woefully inadequate. [To be fair, back in 1977 when that figure was set,
the Internet was just an experiment and no one could have foreseen the
explosive growth of the World Wide Web. In hindsight, with 7 billion people on
the planet, the math becomes painfully obvious.]
But as we move towards the Internet of Things
(IoT), the one element that is absolutely critical is...well...the Internet. In
order to assign unique internet addresses to "things" we need to be
sure there are addresses available. That's where IPv6 comes in.
Publication date: March 2011