Posted Jan 27, 2011 9:47 UTC (Thu) by khim
In reply to: Heh. But have you actually lloked on the facts?
Parent article: LCA: IP address exhaustion and the end of the open net
Yeah, but all this is true for Itanium as well - except the last part. And this last part is the reason for the Itanium failure. Today's routers also support IPv6 - but just like with AMD64 this support is usually disabled.
This is why magic alternatives to IPv6 will not fly: while IPv6 support requires some configuration changes and some additional hardware (to handle higher load) other alternatives will require larger changes.
ISPs do have IPv6-capable hardware (IPv6 was pure gravy when they bought routers but they just decided they don't need it), they just decided that it's cheaper for now to operate it in IPv4-only mode. And you can run IPv4-only stuff when router is dual-stack enabled. Looks more like AMD64 then Itanium to me.
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