IP Address Management (IPAM) should be your single source of truth for IP Addresses, Subnets and Network Security Zones. Automated, centralized, secure and dynamic IPAM solutions that integrate tightly with DHCP, DNS, other management tools and your security eco-system, that deliver high availability and scalable performance, with analysis and reporting capabilities. If you’re still working with free tools from Microsoft or spreadsheets, learn more about your options:
IPAM (IP Address Management) is the administration of DNS and DHCP, which are the network services that assign and resolve IP addresses to machines in a TCP/IP network. Simply put, IPAM is a means of planning, tracking, and managing the Internet Protocol address space used in a network.
True IPAM solutions provide the tools to help you manage both DHCP and DNS services together in tandem, so that each is aware of changes in the other. For example, when an IP address is assigned to a client via DHCP, DNS should know that fact, and update itself accordingly. If you’re tracking IP addresses on spreadsheets, recognize that this limited approach can cost you dearly in manual effort, troubleshooting and cycle time. Isolated solutions are hard to manage, secure and audit, and don’t provide the availability and resilience you need.
Some organizations need explicit support for IPv6 today. IPv6 is being phased in throughout the world in stages and will eventually (within a decade or so) fully replace IPv4. If you have a mandate to support IPv6 addresses and functionality, Infoblox solutions provide support for IPv6 today, and we can help you plan your migration.