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IPv6 and its impact for Web Hosts and Users

Europe has finally exhausted its supply of IPV4 addresses, so what now? Well, stem those tears, now it's time for IPV6. Because this was always going to happen! The Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA), the global body which allocates IP addresses to the five regional Internet Registry (RIR) organisations only had around 4.29 billion IPv4 addresses in the first place. And only 3.7 billion of these were actually usable. The organization Réseaux IP Européens Network Coordination Centre (RIPE NCC) which represents Europe, The Middle East and Russia, declared it was down to its last 16 million IPv4 addresses in September 2012 which might sound a lot but in reality is not. These last 16 million addresses are reserved for members of RIPE NCC who take the form of network operators such as Internet Service Providers, enterprises or academic institutions.  RIPE NCC is not the first region to run out of its allocation either, Asia-Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC) ran out in May 2011 and has be whittling down its reserve allocation ever since. However the shortage of IP addresses has not come about as fast as expected by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) the body which since the 80’s has...
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