As you probably know, RIPE, the organization in charge of delegating IP addresses in Europe, ended the distribution of new IPv4 blocks about a year ago.
The IPv6 protocol was developed in anticipation of this shortage, caused by an exponential increase in internet-connected internet-connected devices. Unfortunately, not all operators and manufacturers have followed recommended standards, and so not all the world’s users will be ready for a full transition to IPv6 for several more years.
Due to this situation, the market value of IPv4 addresses is rising, and this is reflected in our prices.
But it’s not your fault that certain providers haven’t kept up with the rest of us, and so we don’t think you should have to bear the consequences if you don’t need to. This is why we are now allowing customers to run servers with no IPv4 addresses at all, which will lower your server costs by around 17%.
Anyone whose server doesn’t require accessibility by everyone on the internet can benefit from this option (if you’re just using a server for your own backup purposes, and your ISP supports IPv6, for example).
For more information on the technical aspects and advantages of our new boot procedure, check out our post at gandikitchen.net.
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