THE RIPE NETWORK COORDINATION CENTRE (NCC) is peering into the bottom of the barrel that used to contain IPv4 addresses and warning anyone that wants one that it has only around a month's worth of stock left.
In a message the NCC said that as of Tuesday, 4 September it had just 4,134,976 IPv4 addresses left. Once these are gone... well, what can we say? It's tinned food and shotguns, or IPv6 time.
In order to deal with requests for the last batch of IPv4 addresses the RIPE NCC said that its IP Resource Analysts (IPRAs) are now working in pairs. It said that this will ensure that requests are dealt with fairly, just in case anyone tries to bulk buy the remaining IPv4 addresses and scalp them.
It has also tightened up its "call back procedure" and will only call back customers when their ticket is at the front of a queue. It added that this might make response times longer, but fairer.
Potential customers have been warned that depending on availability, they might get multiple, smaller address blocks.
RIPE added that it has a contingency pool of addresses, presumably for emergencies. It explained that these will be quarantined until they are really needed. µ