Essential Components of IP Address Management

Running the IP address infrastructure on a company network is an important part of network administration. However, with development in network infrastructure, managing IP addresses has not been easy. Many IT administrators still use custom database applications and spreadsheets to track Internet protocol address allocation and utilization. Internet Protocol Management (IPAM) is a platform that helps network administrators to manage a wide range of network requirements.

Planning: IPAM substitutes manual scripts and tools that lead to inconsistency and wastage of time and money in the planning process. The use of IPAM is a common exercise for organizations that are expanding or adopting new technologies.

Managing: IPAM offers a management program for managing Internet protocol addresses. It also allows for capacity planning and optimized utilization of DNS and DHCP services in a scattered environment.

Tracking: IPAM facilitates forecasting and tracking of Internet protocol address utilization. This is important for organizations with increased demand for IPv4 addresses.

Auditing: IPAM provides reports that can be used in change management and forensics. It also helps with compliance requirements including Sarbanes-Oxley and HIPAA.

IPAM contains components that enable role-based access control, address space management, network audit, virtual address space management and multi-server management and monitoring.

Address Space Management
This feature allows you to visualize all aspects of your internet protocol address infrastructure from one console. With IPAM, you can create individual multi-level hierarchy of address space on your network. You can also use this to control IPv6, IPv4 private and public addresses.

Virtual Address Space Management
IPAM has the ability to supervise virtual Internet protocol address space formed with the virtual machine manager (VMM). The virtual address pace management feature offers the same capabilities and functions as the address space management feature.

Multi-Server Management and Monitoring
The MSM feature allows you to automatically detect DHCP and DNS servers on the network, centrally manage their configuration, and monitor service availability. IPAM offers a swift and easy way of configuring IPAM admission settings on supervised servers using the group policy provisioning feature.

Network Audit
The audit feature tracks and reports all administrative activities. It offers a generalized store for each configuration change on the IPAM and DCHP servers. Internet protocol addresses supplied on the network also use this store. In addition, it offers complete Internet protocol address tracking information including user name, client Internet protocol addresses, host name and client ID. Improved search capabilities allow you to exclusively discover events and get results that connect user logins to particular devices and times.

Role-based access control
The IPAM allows you to modify user access controls for individual users and groups. The feature also allows you to customize the types of operations for users and groups of users on specific factors in IPAM.

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