Thursday, February 1, 2024

Amazon Charging for IPv4 Addresses


As you may know, IPv4 addresses are an increasingly scarce resource and the cost to acquire a single public IPv4 address has risen more than 300% over the past 5 years. This change reflects our own costs and is also intended to encourage you to be a bit more frugal with your use of public IPv4 addresses and to think about accelerating your adoption of IPv6 as a modernization and conservation measure.

Andree Toonk (via Hacker News):

Effective February 1, 2024, there will be a charge of $0.005 per IP per hour for all public IPv4 addresses, whether attached to a service or not. That’s a total of $43.80 per year, a pretty hefty number!


Crunching all that data, we can determine that Amazon has at least 131,932,752 IPv4 addresses.


Given this data, I believe it’s fair to say that AWS will likely make anywhere between $400 Million and $1 Billion dollars a year with this new IPv4 charge!


What’s really offensive about this is that AWS does not have good enough IPv6 support for most customers to migrate off of IPv4, even if they want to.


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My favourite UK web hosting service, Mythic Beasts, has charged for IPv4 addresses for some time. Currently £20/year when getting a VPS. IPv6 support comes as standard.

Good! OK so it's a clear money-grab by Amazon, but at least the reactionaries will have one less plausible excuse for not learning IPv6 (and instead complaining about it on various websites frequented by techies).

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