IoT progressing just fine in a dual IP environment after all
Free pool depletion of IPv4 spawned a flurry of news releases warning that the Internet of Things could not flourish without migration to IPv6. Geoff Huston undertakes a detailed analysis to determine whether this assumption is correct. He finds that although certain factors make IPv6 a clear advantage, the fact that approximately 10 to 15 billion Internet-connected devices flow from approximately 2.8 billion unique IPv4 addresses suggests that the Internet is not reliant on an IPv6 network. Huston concludes that loading a device with IPv4 only makes no sense but neither does waiting for a fully deployed IPv6 network, and therefore the “most pragmatic answer” is equipping a “thing” with both protocols.