Wondering when the Internet will run out of IPv4 addresses? If you ever need that information in a flash, Hurricane Electric has you covered. The company has released a suite of widgets to help track the shrinking supply of Internet addresses using IPv4, along with the growth of the IPv6 standard which will succeed it. The tools include an iPhone App as well as a web page widget, an iGoogle Gadget, a Google Desktop Gadget and a Windows Vista Gadget.
"CIOs and network administrators cannot continue to postpone the transition to IPv6," said Martin Levy, Hurricane Electric's Director of IPv6 Strategy. "We hope that this iPhone App and the other tools we have developed will be a fun way to bring attention to a serious issue facing the networking community."
Most of today's internet uses Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4), but there is a growing shortage of IPv4 addresses, which are needed by all new Internet-connected devices. IPv6 is the next generation protocol designed by the IETF to replace the current IPv4.
Hurricane Electric has been an early adopter of IPv6, which was first deployed on its global backbone in 2001. The Remont, Calif.-based provider of network and colocation services now interconnects with more than 492 IPv6 backbones. The company also offers a white paper describing its work to upgrade its core network for broader IPv6 support.
Hurricane Electric's app currently projects that IPv4 addresses will run out in 702 days.