This week IANA distributed the last IPv4 address blocks to the RIRs. So, will the Internet Protocol version we all digitally grew up with will be a thing of the past soon, as within months the last slashes will be distributed to LIRs and then to end users? The good news is that there is a new version IPv6. The bad news is that the transition is not going to be pleasant and will take probably most of this decade. In this period the two system will run parallel to each other. So IPv4 will not be a thing of the past soon anyway.
A good analogy is what I read yesterday (3 February 2011) on the change of gas quality in the Netherlands: all devices running on gas will have to be fitted out with new components or replaced completely. A costly affair. The same goes for the switch from IPv4 to IPv6. And his has to be done. Here’s the link to a short guide on the Mashable site.
This is a subject to follow for LEAs and governments for several reasons. To be continued …
Wout de Natris
Leiderdorp, 4 February 2011