Today we welcome a new blogger to our team: Martijn Beijk. Welcome Martijn, good to have you on board!
The Internet has integrated fully with our everyday live – some of us cannot live without. This has made (at least most of) us forget how the internet started to exist and what the underlying architecture is. Even with search we have to deal with the architecture of the Internet everyday.
Your computer is connected to the Internet via your Internet Service Provider or your router (which probably uses Network Address Translation) – which in its turn is connected to your ISP. You might be browsing via a proxy. Everything connected to the Internet uses an IP (Internet Protocol) address. You might not be aware that when you type in www.stateofsearch.com there is an extra service (DNS) translating the domainname to an IP address for you so you will not have to memorize all the billions of numbers.
Not trying to get into too much technical detail, the IP addresses that are available in the IPv4 (version 4 of IP) are now fully allocated. the last blocks have been depleted. none left. Time to look into the future, what can you expect. (more…)