Europe's supply of IPv4 addresses nearing depletion

By , Network World |  Networking, IPv4

The original design of the Internet used addresses based on IPv4, which are 32 bits in size and number 4.3 billion in total. As the number of devices connected to the Internet began growing exponentially in the late 1990s, Internet engineers created a next-generation addressing scheme known as IPv6, which uses 128-bit addresses and has a virtually unlimited pool of address space. However, IPv6 is not backward compatible with IPv4, requiring network operators to run both protocols side-by-side for the foreseeable future.

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