IP Address Tracking
IP address tracking can refer to the practice of using an IP address to determine a location, but this is not the challenge that many Enterprises or Communications Service Providers face with IP address management. The challenge of managing large internal (RFC1918 / RFC4193) and external public IPv4 / IPv6 address space is an ongoing design and operational concern. This challenge involves everything from architecture and capacity planning to automated service provisioning and operational security workflows.
To keep track of these virtual and dynamic assets, there’s a need for a trusted Source of Truth (SoT) that can be easily integrated into multiple workflows and SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures). Depending on scope and scale, both large and small organizations rapidly realize that a IP address spreadsheet is not fit-for-purpose. Organization-wide productivity depends on accurate IP addressing and configuration across many locations and contexts. Network and service reachability is not just a matter of server and infrastructure configuration; it also entails ensuring clients and agents can access and consume the services they need.
There are several key benefits to using an IP address management (IPAM) tool for tracking IP addresses. First and foremost, an IPAM tool is specifically designed for managing and tracking IP addresses, so it is more robust, efficient, and effective than using a fragile alternative. An IPAM tool avoids conflicts and errors when assigning IP addresses, whether performed manually or dynamically via an API. It can automatically check for duplicates and ensure that each IP address, subnet, or prefix is only assigned to a single network, device, or interface. This reduces the risk of network issues and downtime. An IPAM tool also provides real-time visibility into the status of IP addresses and network range utilization, making it easy to identify any potential pitfalls, issues, or problems.
IPAM tools also help to ensure compliance with IP address allocation policies and standards. They automatically enforce policies and rules for assigning and managing IP addresses, making it easier to ensure that infrastructure services adhere to industry standards and best practices. When combined with RBAC (Role Based Access Control) and non-disruptive OTP(Over The Top) architectures, a modern IPAM with a first-class unified API gives teams the confidence to make decisions and deliver new products and services faster.
Unify it with IPAM
Regain control of assets across the board.
Local or remote, user or service edge, private or public cloud, your assets are only reachable when they’re contextually unique and correctly routed.
Embrace a smarter and more integrated Source of Truth (SoT).
Rather than “rip and replace”, add a smart overlay, one that integrates with and extends your existing systems.
Choose a frictionless IP address management tool.
Get a smart, simple, unified interface for all your IP assets. Leverage a unified API to abstract away the pain.
Automate and accelerate Change Management.
Take advantage of built-in workflow management and native DNS, DHCP, and VPC integrations to all major providers.
Integrate DNS and DHCP with your IPAM.
Your IPAM is not just about host IP addresses and network prefixes; it’s the nexus for robust DNS and DHCP services.