Vint Cerf with Peter Dengate Thrush, the current chair of ICANN,
at the Internet Industry Awards dinner on August 20, 2009.
Google’s Vint Cerf, addressed IT professionals at an IPv6 conference in Auckland and Wellington, in New Zealand. The current address base, IPv4, only allows for about four billion addresses (a large number, but not enough for Earth’s more than six billion people!). IPv6 provides enough address space to assign almost three billion networks to every person on the planet. Vint’s advice to New Zealand’s tech industry: get started now with IPv6 adoption. IPv6 was first developed in 1996 but adoption is still quite low. Businesses need to plan ahead to avoid “engineering in a crisis.” Vint also delivered the keynote address at Internet Industry Awards, hosted in Wellington by the Liz Dengate Thrush Foundation.