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Looking back at 2011

01.02.12

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The top stories for 2010 was that some major sites and ISPs turned on IPv6. What was the top 10 IPv6 and IPv4 depletion stories for 2011? Did I miss any significant story? Please comment.


1. IANA runs out of IPv4 addresses

In February 2011, IANA runs out of addresses. This was much earlier than most people predicted. People start to realize that they must start looking into IPv6.

2. APNIC runs out of IPv4 addresses
In April, just two months after IANA runs out of IPv4 addresses it is the first RIRs turn. APNIC serving Asia Pacific and Asia is down to their last /8 and the more restricted policy stats to take effect. They can no longer allocate IPv4 addresses the conventional way.

3. IPv4 addresses for sale
Microsoft aquires a large chunk of addresses from what is left of Nortel. They pay $11.25 per address. People are scratching their heads woundering why Microsoft just didn’t go to ARIN and request the addresses.

4.World IPv6 day
On 8 June, 2011, ISP’s and content providers joined together and turned on IPv6 for a day. The event was a success and very fee issues were found. This attest that IPv6 is ready for prime time.

5. Decrease in IPv4 allocation rate
The allocation rate of IPv4 slows down after APNIC’s depletion. More restrictive policies are in place at the RIR’s and we have not seen and really large allocations in either ARIN or RIPE.

6. Godaddy enables IPv6 DNS
Godaddy enables IPv6 for their DNS servers. 25% of the domains in the world are all of the sudden accessible over IPv6. (Note, that this relates to DNS servers, the web hosting service at Godaddy is still on “Internet classic”)

7. The realization that dual stack networks brokenness is minimal
World IPv6 day and other measurement efforts around the web concludes that the worries about IPv6 brokenness are exaggerated. It can be concluded that turning on IPv6 will not cause any significant loss in website viewers for most companies.

8. Vendor support
With the depletion of IANA and APNIC a lot of vendors jump on the IPv6 bandwagon. Most Firewall, Load balancer, DNS, etc vendors are issuing press releases about how they now support IPv6. They interesting questions will be if the support is as good as they claim.

9. Lack of IPv6 strategies from some large organizations
Just like in 2010. Some large organizations still seems to lack an Ipv6 strategy. Did they read the news at all?

10. Nokia ditches Symbian
Nokia changes strategy and ditches SymbianOS. This creates problems for the Wireless Carriers with Ipv6 plans, since symbian actually had the best IPv6 support of all phone platforms.