As you should now be aware of, Microsoft is planning on
hoarding purchasing a large huge block of IP addresses from Nortel. Now ARIN chief, John Curran, has made it clear that if the plan does not meet the current ARIN requirements for transfers, the IP address space can be reassigned. Here are a couple of relevant quotes:
Companies that are allocating their address to a third party can ask for compensation if they want to, he said. However, the acquiring party is required to show an immediate and appropriate need for the addresses, he said.
Existing transfer policies allow up to 12-months worth of address space to be transferred from one entity to another, he said.
So, that brings up the question, can Microsoft show a need for 666,000 in the next 12 months?
The resellers market for IPv4 address space has just heated up. Microsoft has puchased 666,624 IPv4 addresses from the burned out shell of Nortel for the tidy sum of $7.5 million dollars. That works out to a little over $11 per IP address. That’s pretty expensive when you consider how much Nortel paid originally. This also make me worry about how quickly prices will inflate on the remaining address space that is floating around out there.
On another note, I guess Microsoft realized that since they had built poor, if any IPv6 support into their products for so many years, they better make certain they have enough v4 addresses.