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Jonathan Fries

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Last Thoughts on IP v4 Address Pricing

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Last Thoughts on IP v4 Address Pricing

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As it relates to Pricekite.io, I've already moved on from this topic, and you won't see anymore blogs about it here. I'm currently deep into navigating the byzantine spaces of the cloud provider product catalogs to pull out serverless computing prices.

But, since I'm pretty sure there will never be a price spike, and since none of the dire predictions ever came true, it is worth considering why.

I have heard at least 3 reasons why we were going to run out of IP Addresses. Here are they are, and here are the reasons they haven't and won't happen:

  1. People - with so many people in the world, and so many of them being online, we will run out of IP addresses because individuals (needing to carve out their digital homesteads) will use them up. Why did it not happen? The rise of online platforms allow people to join the online community without a traditional website and everything that comes with it. Facebook, Twitter, Pintrest, Medium, GitHub, Wix, etc. - you don't need a domain name or an IP address to be online with these services.
  2. Businesses - Businesses, even more than people, need to be online so that people can find them and they can make money. Why did it not happen? Platforms are a part of this. Many business have Facebook pages or Google Sites and that is it, no IP address needed. Also, today you are able to create a web presence outside of a platform and you don't need an IP address to do it. Pricekite for instance has a unique domain and 2 subdomains, but because of cloud based development and neat DNS tricks it does not need an IP address.
  3. IoT Devices - The idea here is that with billions and billions of connected devices we will run out of IP v4 addresses. Why did it not happen? IoT devices mostly don't use public IP addresses, which is as it should be. There's no reason for your refrigerator to be on the public internet (and therefore need a public IP address). It's dangerous enough having it on your home wifi with an internal address. Internal addresses are pretty much infinite, so the IoT devices aren't putting any pressure on the IP address space.

OK, that's it for my thoughts on IP Addresses. Look for more information on compute prices in the near future.

Jonathan Fries

Jonathan Fries

I work for Exadel, Inc. Exadel is a great company, with great people all around the world. I currently lead the Boulder, CO, USA office.

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