On iPV6 and why BRICS and other developing economies need it more than developed economies (G7)
The web based IP world is reaching crisis point. The number of addresses for IPv4 has long been predicted to run out soon arguing that, meanwhile, the readiness to move over to IPv6 looks increasingly unlikely to happen any time soon. Conventional wisdom among many analysts said that the industry wouldn’t be ready for the switch until 2015. Many others, based on the indicators think it could be even more distant. This means that two of the current booms in technology, cloud computing and the” Internet of Things”, might not be sustainable. You can’t have an Internet of Things, if the ‘things’ in question (gadgets) can’t get on the Internet. They simply won’t be able to without an IP address, and all the IP addresses available under the old system are rapidly being used up.
There are three good reasons to migrate to iPV6 especially in the developing economies such as BRICS:
1.Cost and Complications will drive iPV6 adoption
The initial allocation of iPV4 addresses was based on IP class allocation. This was in the days when the eventual exhaustion of the IPv4 ranges was not seen as an issue, like many things IT. So the allocation that took place seemed appropriate at the time. As a result, large amounts of address space were unused. Indeed, some estimate that as many as 80% of allocated addresses are not currently in use. There are some alarming inequalities in the way IP resources are being shared out. It is a classic Pareto with 20% of the world owning the majority (80%) of IP addresses. India, for examplehas only three Class B address ranges (i.e. 130,000 addresses). In contrast just one US IT company alone, HP, can trump that with its two class A IP address ranges (i.e. 32,000,000 addresses). This lack of infrastructure restrict the growth of the BRICs (Brazil, Russian, India and China) he asks, therefore, grind the IT and IP development in BRICS to a grinding halt. In circumstances like these, companies will start getting round the negotiation table and talking to each other. Perhaps some decisions will be taken sooner and innovative solutions will be dreamt up to free up more addresses. Cost of a inferior iPV4 resource would be incrementally higher than a iPV6 resource. Cost hence could be the first driving factor for driving iPV6 adoption
2. The future of Communications
For cloud computing to work, iPV6 provides the most perfect communications platform. Optimum communications, thus, could be dependent on the adoption of IPv6.
3.The Marketer’s dream
Thirdly with IPv6 giving companies, marketers and researchers could gain a complete visibility over the movements and browsing habits of smart phone and laptop users, it could become a marketing manager’s dream.