This is going to remind you of Y2K, but it is a fact this time. We are running out of room on the Internet for IP addresses. The current system is based on an addressing scheme designed in the 70s called IPv4 and it has room for around 4 billion addresses. Well guess what - we are almost there and they figure we will run out of IP addresses in the next 18 months, maybe even sooner.
There is a system update called IPv6. But, only the really big players like Google and You Tube are set up for IPv6 - really only about 25% of the big servers are in for V6. V6 and V4 also struggle to get along so we can expect to see slower searches, slower Internet loading, and more crashes as we struggle with translating from V4 to V6.
While we all see so much potential in the web world. It seems as if the audience views it as a place where everything is free, or everything is real cheap, and a place where you can do anything with any device no matter how small. The reality is it's a complex place that really can't live in a cost free world. Space on the WWW frontier will cost someone somewhere and we are all going have to pay. We should also expect that this super highway will soon choke up just like a 15 lane expressway in L.A. does just days after the workers finish building it.
Sean Ross from Edison Research and Radio-Info noted in a recent newsletter about his struggles with monitoring station streams on his IPhone. His monitoring was blown out by dropouts, distorted audio, stream buffers, and freezing audio on his way from home to the office on a regular basis.
Yes the new tech world has tons of potential, but with the crush of the world inventing new devices and ways to hang out in the web world we are running out of space and the web infrastructure to handle it. Expect more news on this as we ride through more significant growth on an system that probably can't handle all this change.
To catch more on the Web Address Shortage - click here
And for more on Sean Ross' streaming article - click here