Companies are expected to deliver a smooth experience to their users and employees. Indeed, they all need to be connected to make business. It requires a complex management of DNS, -DHCP and -IPAM appliances. However, well-managed, these elements can enhance the company’s productivity. An Efficient IP’s ROI survey showed that an IT team saved on average 96% on manual IP Address modification with a DNS-DHCP-IPAM solution, that includes an IPAM tool. Some companies still manage their infrastructure manually with spreadsheets: this process is more error-prone. Two choices are offered for their IPAM: appliance based or cloud-based system.
A decisive choice for IPAM: Appliance-based or Cloud-based?
These two possibilities have their pros and cons. The first element to think about is: what will suit your company the best? It is important to think about the future objectives and the evolution of your business. As an appliance-based IPAM solution needs to be located in a server room, taking more physical space, if you are limited you might want to go for a cloud-based type of solution.
A cloud-based IPAM can provide a quicker overview and visibility of the current state of the infrastructure. It is easier to see what everybody is doing.
Simple but true, having a IPAM appliance consumes energy which represents a physical cost for the company. Whereas with a cloud-based system, you will need to subscribe to a level of service with a cloud provider. Furthermore, appliances need to be tested, which be time-consuming while a cloud-based IPAM starts immediately, once it is put in action and according to how you set it up in the first place; your cloud provider might be able to support you.
Enhance your system foundations with DDI solutions
Using a DDI solution is fundamental for any business that wants to ensure business continuity for its users, regardless if it’s customers trying to access their website or internal employees accessing their emails throughout the day. For example, retailers can open several stores and they will need to update their create a network infrastructure quickly. Doing something that seems simple enough manually requires actually to connect a lot of devices together, to manage all the IP addresses without doing a single mistake. This is an error-prone and most of all a time-consuming process.
The goal of a DDI solution is to centralize in one single task all processes that DNS-DHCP-IPAM appliances need. However, it provides many more benefits:
- Visibility: no matter how large the number of IP addresses is, it is possible to keep an overview on the infrastructure in real-time.
- Automation: the work of the IT administrator will be reduced as less task will be needed. It allows to delegate work to other people to increase productivity and avoid wasting time.
- Simplicity: it avoids making mistakes of configuration as it is no longer needed to do it manually.
EfficientIP, an expert company in DDI solutions, offers a product called SOLIDserver in order to improve your network infrastructure. More information here: www.efficientIP.com