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Latin America Exhausts IPv4 Addresses 197

An anonymous reader writes "LACNIC, the regional Internet registry for Latin America and the Caribbean, considers its IPv4 address pool exhausted, because it is down to less than a quarter of an /8, roughly 4 million IPv4 addresses which are reserved for facilitating transitioning mechanisms. Half of those addresses will be assigned on a first come, first served basis, but no more than 1024 addresses per organization every 6 six months. Allocations from the last 2 million addresses will be a maximum of 1024 addresses total per organization. To maintain connectivity, it is now indispensable to make the switch to IPv6. LACNIC's CEO expressed his concern that many operators and companies still haven't taken the steps needed to duly address this circumstance. The RIRs for Asia-Pacific, Europe and North America have all imposed similar limitations on IPv4 assignments when they also crossed their local exhaustion thresholds. As of now, only AfriNIC is not in address exhaustion mode." Joining North America, and Europe/the Middle East/Central Asia.
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Latin America Exhausts IPv4 Addresses

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  • by SuricouRaven ( 1897204 ) on Wednesday June 11, 2014 @11:03AM (#47212439)

    We warned you years ago this would happen! But no-one ever listens.

  • by Chrisq ( 894406 ) on Wednesday June 11, 2014 @11:07AM (#47212485)

    We warned you years ago this would happen! But no-one ever listens.


  • by wisnoskij ( 1206448 ) on Wednesday June 11, 2014 @11:10AM (#47212511) Homepage

    Ya, you have been warning people that it was going to happen in 2 month for the last 6 years. And this article is still about "almost completely out".

    Your predictions for the v4 "apocalypse" are nothing to brag about.

  • by slack_justyb ( 862874 ) on Wednesday June 11, 2014 @11:16AM (#47212563)

    If the bulk of human history isn't a lesson. Pretty much no one does anything until all hell is breaking loose. I don't know if it is in our genetics or what.

    At any rate. A lot of "technical" folk will say, let's use NAT! And that will work for maybe a few years, maybe a decade or so, but then eventually that will break down. Finally, people will just shrug their shoulders and say, "Well, I guess it's finally time we switched over to IPv6." IPv6 is indeed the solution, but we've first got to do every other solution just because for some reason that's who we are.

    So IPv4 isn't going away any time soon but for all the wrong reasons. So they will continue to not listen to any specialists till ALL other options are completely exhausted. Then after all of that we'll finally get to move on to the next big thing that was purposed twenty years ago.

  • Re:Y2K (Score:5, Insightful)

    by jareth-0205 ( 525594 ) on Wednesday June 11, 2014 @11:20AM (#47212595) Homepage

    This sounds like Y2K all over again...

    What, that legitimate problem lots of people worked on successfully to avoid before it could have major consequences? Yeah, I agree.

  • by Megane ( 129182 ) on Wednesday June 11, 2014 @11:42AM (#47212809) Homepage

    People with only an IPv6 address should theoretically be able to access the IPv4 internet via a sort of v6-to-v4 NAT. It's the people who want to run servers accessed by the rest of the world who really need a real IPv4 address until that distant future when IPv6 finally becomes dominant. (Which won't be for a long while because of all the old computers out there that have either no or insufficient IPv6 support.)

    I think one of the big factors of address consumption has been cell phones. They do not need to be publicly accessible from random IPv4 address, so they are prime candidates for this kind of migration.

  • Re:Y2K (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Opportunist ( 166417 ) on Wednesday June 11, 2014 @12:19PM (#47213185)

    So you really never had to deal with a computer program that calculated difference in years by going "take number of years in 'new date' and subtract number of years in 'old date'"?

    Just to give you a hint, and NDAs be damned in this case, you have NO IDEA how many bookkeeping programs had a LOT of problems calculating annual write offs right. You just never noticed it because the programs are not real time dependent and you have a LOT of time to work with between noticing the problem (when you do your first version of your balance) and the time it becomes critical (when you have to hand in your balance to government/auditor/board).

    There were other, not so "fortunate" situations where a lot of money had to be used to get it done in time. And the ever feared "what if the nukes notice they had no contact with control for a century?" doomsday was only the tip of the iceberg. You really can't even imagine half the big and small tidbits that ran on systems that had exactly the problem.

    And yes, January 2038 certainly is going to be an interesting time again. It is rather unlikely, though, that it will be as big a problem since Jan 2038 is mostly an OS problem rather than an application program problem. I.e. we should see fewer and (mostly) easier to fix problems.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 11, 2014 @02:19PM (#47214849)

    Why has people not generally adopted V6 years ago ?

    It's simple ... IPV6 is not simple.

    It is a complicated piece of work, trying to please everybody. Crypto,Traceability, cryptic syntax ect. ect.

    Somebody should design ipv8, an 8 byte adress ipv4 version with none of the ipv6 crap - release it and watch it getting adopted in less than a year ....

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