9 Dec 2013

The end of the IPv4 addresses has been anticipated since the birth of the internet, with the transition to IPv6 addresses scheduled early on. The reason the IPv4 addresses are phased out is because there are a limited number of IPv4 addresses for hosting or the domain name, so the new IP address sequence will come online in the coming years. It’s good to review the basics though the transition is expected to be relatively painless and not expected to bring anyone’s website offline or make people down and out.

The name of the agency that oversees the assigning of IP provider numbers is known as the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority, [IANA]. IANA has offices all over the world, with five registries in charge of the transition to IPv6, aligning the domain name with new ip numbers. The final exhaustion of the IPv4 pool, down or not, was known to occur in late January 2011, with the final exhaustions due within a few years. The transition to IPv6 needs to be completed by the registries in waves, via domain name, as the IPv4 pools are assigned, sometimes via website. This has been occurring already and will continue until all new Internet Providers’ addresses are IPv6 number sequences and are IANA site status approved.

Right now, 4.3 billion people have the current addresses, with 16.8 million per year being assigned by IANA and the registries. Hosting then is provided by the company, and the IP address is assigned. The website to see is the IANA one, for more information and continued access to news of the transition to the new IP addresses. Down or not, the site status does not change the fact that the IP transition is alive and doing well.

Luckily, the website traffic should not experience any delays due to the transition to the new IP numbers. Domain name recognition should not be a problem, and site status also should not be affected, with the hosting being transferred rather painfully until all the old IP numbers are used up, and the new IP numbers are in circulation. Down or not, the old IP number allocation will not be replaced but phased out without interruption to domain name or site status for most on the internet. Hosting services should remain at the high quality of level all are accustomed to experiencing currently.

Site status, website, domain name, and hosting are issues that surround the transition, with no real obvious movement being ascertained in terms of the sudden evolution of the web itself. The IP allocations won’t create a huge difference overall but should reinforce the old web but create a nice energy around new things, which can spill into evolution of the internet itself. The process is down or not occurring only in the minds of people; the transition is already under way. Down or not isn’t even a topic or theme that should haunt this move.

After the dramatic growth of the early 1990s dot.com bubble and serious production of buzz and energy that burst into most of our lives, the IPv4 issue became apparent, with the plan for the IPv6 allocations to be transitioned in through a process of waves, which is now working as described above. A task force known as the Internet Engineering Task Force [IETF] has guided IANA and is reporting favorably about the transition because the new allocations will fulfill future needs due to the quick response at the announcement of the number crunch, so to speak. Classless Inter-Domain Routing [CIDR] is one thing that has surfaced because of the issue, and there are constant unveiling of ways in which the pressure has caused innovation or a flurry of activity internet-wide.

No matter what your own IP needs are, the transition is expected to be complete within the next several years, with the process being painless for most who host, have domain names, or need to use IP addresses, either in assigning them or being assigned them. Unlike Y2K, which many anticipated would occur, and affect the internet, the transition to the new allocations has been expected, dealt with, and effectively investigated, with clear action following as a result. Internet users should expect a seamless, effective, quiet transition, something that won’t interrupt work, business, or play. For more information, see the Internet Engineering Task Force or IANA websites or visit the Classless Inter-Domain Routing websites online to learn more about how transition has been causing innovation and creation of many new offerings unexpected before.