Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) provides essential information, like IP address, subnet mask and default gateway, to the client devices on your network. This configuration details are essential to communicate over the network. Using DHCP is an essential management tool for any enterprise network. DHCP is also essential to supporting Wi-Fi connectivity, mobile devices, and for many security mechanisms, like Network Admission Control (NAC).
Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) is the mechanism a DHCP Server uses to assign IP addresses, default gateways and other network parameters to client devices when they show up on a network, or move between networks. A client PC will broadcast to find a DHCP Server and obtain (or confirm) it’s IP Address and configuration details. DHCP also tracks the clients on the network, and their Ethernet and IP Address allocations. Better solutions keep track of those allocations over time, for security and auditing purposes.
Network security mechanisms – Firewall Rules, Access Lists, Network Admission Control (NAC) and more – often require that your network has tight control and enforcement of IP Addresses and options, configured centrally via authorized DHCP Servers. Your network security team needs visibility and control into DCHP. Network Forensics depends upon identifying what client devices had what IP address and when. This brief video from Cisco highlights the interaction … specifically around integration of Cisco ISE and the Infoblox Platform.
Configuring DHCP by itself, into a DHCP Server, on a server or a router can be easy. But determining what pool of addresses to assign to a DHCP server is just the beginning. DHCP, by itself, without tight integration to IP Address Management and DNS can be a major problem on anything but the smallest networks. In many environments, you need dynamic updates to DNS to keep name-to-address mapping information synchronized. Here’s a great example of the benefits and efficiencies that come from an integrated solution.
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DNS, DHCP, and IP Address Management are core services without which your network, and everything connected to it, is paralyzed. Yet too many organizations deliver these key services in a fragmented and inefficient manner – pushing underpowered and insecure tools created for workgroup settings to try and handle enterprise environments. At the same time IoT, mobility, and RFID are driving meteoric growth in IP enabled devices while new operating paradigms such as cloud and DevOps complicate IP management. The consequences are significant and range from inefficient operations and wasted dollars through to network outages and security incidents. Understanding what you have and how it is used is the first step in addressing the challenge.
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DNS, DHCP, and IP Address Management (DDI) are core services that underpin your network. The ever-increasing velocity of change, the meteoric rise in the number of IP devices driven by IoT, mobility, and RFID, and the fundamental management challenges of virtualization and cloud are forcing organizations to re-evaluate and re-tool their DDI environments. Being able to fill the gap between where your DDI capabilities are today and where you need to be depends on solid technology choices but isn’t always as simple as just buying the technology. Realizing the value of this technology requires expert resources with depth of experience in design, planning, implementation, and operations to ensure the integration of the DDI technology into your larger operational ecosystem.
Whether addressing existing requirements or supporting new projects, Empowered’s engineers combine deep technical DDI expertise with decades of operational experience to provide industry leading professional services that will move your DDI agenda forward at the speed your business demands. Our experts can provide the resources needed for both consultation and hands on implementation for all aspects of DDI requirements including:
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