Friday, July 8, 2011

The Mayan Internet Calendar

I'm getting ready to fly out to Vegas for Cisco Live! 2011. It's looking to be a pretty good show with Cisco confirming nearly 19,000 attendees and another 40,000 virtual participants. Cisco Live has been the leading networking show in the industry at least over the last five years in my opinion. Obviously not everyone uses Cisco, but for networking geeks like me, it's a great venue for discussuing IPAM.

In fact, I will be giving a talk at the Cisco booth on Thursday. Since it's the last day of the show, which is traditionally pretty dead, I thought I'd add some humor and lighten it up a bit for those diehards who stick around for it. The title of my talk is "The Mayan Internet Calendar". I don't know about the end of the world, but we are certainly approaching the end of the Internet world as we know it as a nearly homogeneous IPv4 network.

As the explosive demand for IP addresses continues, soon this demand will be met with IPv6 addresses. As the IPv6 population grows, the complexion of the Internet will change to that of a dual-protocol Internet for quite some time. If you'll be the show, stop by and check it out, or if you're leaving early, stop by the BT Diamond IP booth to say hi.

We'll see if the purported Mayan prediction of the end of the world comes next year, but it's a sure bet that 2012 will bring the end of the Internet as we know it!

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