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New IPAM Feature Update

by | November 9, 2021

ProVision’s IPAM Module continues to get feature updates, so here are some highlights of recent additions that you may find interesting.

One idea that customers brought up was Sparse Allocation support for IPv6. The challenge we ran into was that after talking to several customers about their use cases, we ended up with several different legitimate approaches to sparse allocation. Then the fun began – how could we provide flexibility to perform sparse allocation duties without sacrificing performance, data accuracy and consistency?

Enter – the Numbering Authority!

The Numbering Authority (accessible from the Admin -> IPAM Admin menu) is a big step up in aligning IP engineering allocation policies to usable API endpoints. Typically this type of flexibility required significant programming or scripting – which increases complexity just to ensure that your allocation workflows work as intended. With these features, 6connect is trying to make the policy embedded as automated as possible so that day-to-day operations don’t have to be allocation policy experts. For typical provisioning users, this makes life easier for common tasks. For automated integrated systems, this approach provides a significant improvement for provisioning speed and accuracy across clouds.

With some of the number sequencing features, we were then able to augment this capability to bring in data validation at a different level. Our new Constraints features allow for enforcement of a variety of different metadata to ensure that automated or manual data entry gets the same treatment and doesn’t get stale in high volume multi-user provisioning environments.

Constraints introduce the ability to tie into UI binding with your metadata. This means that you get more levers to tie things together and build out policies. Initially, the Constraints system was focused on IPAM metadata, but customer feedback allowed us to drive forward additional definitions as part of the ProVision Resource System – which greatly increases the ability to keep the back end accurate as you integrate with third-party technologies and systems.

Constraints allow a variety of expressions to validate metadata as part of any provisioning workflow. Since these can be applied independent of the API call, different constraints can be applied in a straightforward manner to the same workflow. This eases the development overhead of developing specific workflows or API calls for every use case and simplifies unit testing.

Keep an eye out for this feature, and feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions or additional functionality you would like to see!

“We decided to move our rather complex IP address and DHCP management process to ProVision and it has worked out great for us!! The team at 6connect were very flexible and went above and beyond to accommodate our requirements and helped to make the migration as smooth and hitch free as possible. Kudos to the team @ 6connect!”

Premkumar Subramaniam
Head of R&D

“We are excited to be partnering with 6connect to leverage their technology and talent. We particularly admire their long-standing IPv6 contributions and their ability to service and support customers in this area, some who are the largest service provider in the world. The 6connect executive leadership team and technical team are great to work with and we look forward to many partnered projects to help customers address their Cloud, IoT and Security needs with IPv6. Automation, workflow and orchestration are critical to the success of most of these projects and 6connect is well positioned to help our mutual customers in those areas.”

Ed Horley
Co-Founder & CEO

“Enterprises can struggle managing purposefully segmented DDI architectures with any agility. Our partnership with 6connect empowers customers with complex infrastructures to move faster to service the business while consolidating visibility and control over their estate.”

Andrew Wertkin
Chief Strategy Officer,

“6connect’s approach to automation addresses quite a few challenges with physical and virtual networks – how to improve the agility of your current network infrastructure without sacrificing reliability and adoption of future network technologies.”

Pär Lange
Investment Director

“A customer is looking for an integrated solution from a single vendor for both IPAM and DNS. Through the 6connect reseller program, Secure64 is able to offer the most secure DNS solutions married to a unique combination of IPAM and resource provisioning that customers want. It’s a marriage made in heaven.”

Mark Beckett
VP of Marketing

“A huge benefit of working with the 6connect team is that they devoted a lot of resources to get our products integrated so we had the turnkey solution that we could take to market. It was very easy to work with their team to get product integrated and successfully launched.”

Mark Beckett
VP of Marketing

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