As the use of internet technologies becomes a more prominent aspect of Canadian life, government entities and academic institutions are implementing appropriate solutions to handle this expansion.
Internet Protocol address management (IPAM) is a strategy that helps to handle the expansion of the addressing space as it relates to online resources and connected devices. With the advent of IPv6 addresses the Internet of Things (IoT), adequate addressing services have become a necessity.
The following two examples of IPAM adoption show that Canada is taking proper steps towards the efficient expansion of internet resources:
The University of Calgary
As one of Canada's most prominent institutions for research and academics, the University of Calgary first realized the need for an effective means of managing IP addressing space at a time when the IoT was still being pondered.
The University of Calgary noticed that an increasing number of devices were seeking connection to its computer network. Prior to 2008, most new connection requests came from desktop computers installed in classrooms, digital labs, academic support offices, and student dorms. It did not take long for laptops and notebooks to multiply on campus, and these devices were followed by IP phones, smartphones, security cameras, and tablets.
Other academic entities facing network challenges at the time included the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology and the University of Windsor. Along with the University of Calgary, all these institutions chose BlueCat Networks, a Toronto-based tech firm, to provide a sensible IPAM solution.
Prior to BlueCat, the University of Calgary mostly handled IP addressing allocations on Microsoft Excel spreadsheets. These days, their IP structure can handle thousands of new devices connecting each year.
Public Works and Government Services Canada
In 2014, the Canadian federal government decided that the time had come to implement a unified management system for its expansive network infrastructure. By this time, the aforementioned BlueCat Networks had grown into one of the most respected providers of IPAM solutions in North America, and thus the federal government of Canada chose this firm to modernize its systems.
The modern and comprehensive IPAM solution adopted by the Canadian government encompasses more than just a giant database of network addresses. The chosen solution also incorporates elements of self-service, automation, mobile security, monitoring, and improved connectivity.
Currently, the IoT and its growing number of consumer-oriented devices are placing additional strains on IP address management services. The current paradigm of real-time management that can be accessed through web portals and mobile apps are being upgraded with new tools such as deep packet inspection tools, which allow tech managers to monitor and analyze network traffic so that they can keep tabs on the complexity that IoT brings to their systems.