We're now down to the last 16 million addresses on IP4, according to Ovum. Which, in internet address space terms, is more or less scraping the barrel.
Despite all the warnings that have been given, many big companies and organisations have failed to act and could be caught out.
It's not as if nobody saw this coming, says analyst Craig Skinner, a senior consultant at Ovum. "Despite the plentiful predictions and warnings for some time that this point was approaching, some organisations will undoubtedly be caught by surprise," he says.
IPv6 addresses were designed to solve the problem of the predicted shortage of IPv4 addresses. But once again the IT industry has been guilty of taking the path of least resistance. "It has been easier to extend usage of IPv4 rather than undergo the challenge of transitioning to IPv6," laments Skinner.
When will the buffoons of the network industry ever learn?
(I'm not talking about you, obviously. It's those other plonkers.)
This was first published in February 2011