Time is almost upon us for the addressing system of the Internet to almost be completely used up. I believe I have been saying this for the last 5 years, but it looks like in the next 12-24 months people are going to be brought to a halt. Thankfully most ISP’s have got more than enough IP ranges to cover us for the foreseeable future, as well as ready to start with the new system in the guise of IPv6.
Will our clients and future clients be affected? In one word, no. I can firmly say that Fluidata has been doing it’s upmost to make sure that in many years’ time, in conjunction with The Internet of Things, when you need to apply an IP address to your light switch, fridge, cooker and curtain rail, as many IP addresses will be available as needed.
But please give a thought to North Korea, who have been struggling in many ways, must as well consider their Internet IP range. The whole country have a total of 1024 IPv4 addresses. That’s it. In total. To put this into perspective there are many large businesses in the UK that have more IP addresses than North Korea. Maybe we have missed something or maybe it was just good planning on North Korea’s part, knowing that the addressing system was going to change they had the foresight to not go overboard with the amount of IPv4 addresses they needed. I’m yet to find out how far advance their IPv6 plans are but I’m assuming they must be years ahead of the UK.