IPv4: The Beginning of the End

Can We Take IPv6 Seriously Now?

As predicted, IANA has allocated two /8 IPv4 blocks to APNIC. That brings the remaining IANA pool down to five, which triggers a plan to evenly allocate the remaining five /8s to the five RIRs. With the possible exception of AfriNIC and LACNIC, the RIRs will be done in 6 months or so. Depletion at the LIR level will happen case-by-case, depending on how clever, how conservative, and how well-stocked the LIR is. Although there is still a long way to go before IPv4 is dead and gone, can we at least acknowledge its obsolescence?

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