Debunking myths that keep CIOs from adopting next-gen Internet addressing scheme.

For 15 years, Internet engineers and policymakers have been publicizing the need to upgrade the ‘Net’s current addressing scheme — known as IPv4 — to handle the network-of-network’s explosive growth. Yet many U.S. CIOs and CTOs continue to harbor misinformation that they use to justify why they are not adopting the next-generation IPv6 standard.

This issue is significant because the Internet is running out of IPv4 addresses. IPv4 uses 32-bit addresses and can support 4.3 billion devices connected directly to the Internet. The non-compatible replacement protocol, IPv6, uses 128-bit addresses and supports a virtually unlimited number of devices: 2 to the 128th power.

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