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IPv6: Speed Bump on the Information Superhighway

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IPv6: Speed Bump on the Information Superhighway

Bert Moore
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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

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