Shortage of IP Addresses Could Cause Problems for Unprepared Businesses, Find the Edge Expert Says

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The forthcoming IP address switchover could leave unprepared companies deprived of their internet access, Jack Bedell-Pearce has said in a Find the Edge article published today.

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It is the biggest change since the inception of the internet. There is a global shortage of IPv4 addresses, and the world is getting ready for IPv6.

Companies should take steps to ensure their existing hardware will be able to cope with the IP address switchover, in order to avoid being left without internet access, an IT expert has said in a new Find the Edge article.

Jack Bedell-Pearce uses his post on the business website to describe what the changeover actually is – and why it's necessary – before providing recommendations to help business leaders cope with it.

He said: "It is the biggest change since the inception of the internet. There is a global shortage of IPv4 addresses, and the world is getting ready for IPv6.

"Fear not – your ISP may already offer IPv6 connectivity, and you may already be operating hardware and software that is compatible with IPv6.

"If so, using IPv6 will be as simple as flipping a switch."

Bedell-Pearce explains that an IP address is a way for network devices to identify with each other. There is only a finite number of addresses for the current version - IPv4 – however, and the majority of these have now been taken up.

As a result, a new system is to be adopted, called IPv6. Bedell-Pearce provides several tips for those managers whose current set up is likely to be incompatible.

He said: "Appoint a project manager – If you are not a techie, it’s probably best to talk to an IT consultant.

"Identify the network components that will need to be changed or upgraded – lots of IT consultants will be happy to check your equipment to let you know if there is any upgrade needed.

"Also determine costs of new hardware and software – budgeting for the IPv6 deployment is essential."

The full article can be viewed here: http://www.findtheedge.com/technology/hardware/there-is-a-global-shortage-of-ip-addresses-is-your-business-ready.

Jack Bedell-Pearce is the Commercial and Operations Director at 4D Data Centres. More about him can be read here: http://www.findtheedge.com/expert-panelist/jack-bedell-pearce.

Kenny Goodman, founder of Find the Edge, said: "This subject may sound complicated, but Jack does a great job of explaining the practical implications of the switchover for business owners.

"Taking a few steps now to ensure the changeover is smooth will be hugely beneficial in the long run."

Find the Edge is a business website where leaders can share their knowledge and insights with other members of the community.

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