When four billion is not enough

By Mary Anne Moser, Vice-President, Strategic Communications, Cybera

Albertans can put their worries away when it comes to running out of IP addresses.

Yes, the world is running out of addresses using the current Internet protocol. Under this system (Internet Protocol version 4), the number of IP addresses is a mere 2 to the power of 32, and they are either no longer available or very difficult to obtain.

Who would have known that four billion IP addresses would not be enough?

But there is a new version that everyone is encouraged to move toward (IPv6), and it has 2 to the power of 128 addresses available.

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Cybera has secured over a septillion of these (1.2 x 1024 precisely) to allocate to Alberta's growing e-infrastructure.

This is more than the entire world's collection of traditional addresses in use at present.

That's 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000.

Call us if you need one.