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Network Complexity

IP networks and what it takes to manage them have become much more complex during the past several years, and this process continues to gather speed.  Here are five business and technology trends that will drive still greater levels of complexity over the next few years: Greater commercial dependence on…

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Automate Network Provisioning

Faced with new demands for virtualization, cloud-based computing, exploding mobile data and smart device growth, service providers have outgrown the manual spreadsheets and proprietary vendor appliances they’ve historically relied on to provision their networks. These approaches are much too time consuming, too piecemeal and too error prone to permit network…

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IPAM solution cloud computing

Enterprises that still manage their IP addresses manually, using spreadsheets and the like, can reduce network complexity, improve service levels and greatly increase the productivity of their network administrators by automating their IP address management, But are they better off rolling out an appliance-based IP address management (IPAM) system or…

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ipam appliances automated provision

If you’re a service provider in the market for an automated IPAM solution, one fundamental decision that your network managers must make is whether to deploy hardware-based IPAM appliances or implement a pure software-based provisioning solution. The IPAM appliance makers would have you believe that a hardware-based system is more…

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network provisioning in 5 clicks

How long does it take you to provision IP address network resources? Typically, a network administrator needs around 45 minutes for network provisioning—possibly more if a Regional Internet Registry (RIR) needs to be updated—and has to flip between spreadsheets, ticketing systems and different departments (especially if waiting on dependent services…

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network provisioning is not IPAM

Many service providers view their IPAM software as network provisioning tools – when they really aren’t. Networks are managed with a variety of tools and processes ranging from home grown databases to proprietary hardware appliances, to spreadsheets and flat files. The goal of these tools (of which IPAM is one)…

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Network Management System

It’s a classic win-win scenario: Network service providers benefit from offering their customers self-service provisioning, and their customers benefit as well. If you’re a service provider, self-service can: 1. Reduce your costs . . . and your customers’ costs Customers that self-service require fewer resources in terms of customer support….

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Cross Network Configuration

For carriers and hosting providers, a whole new level of network complexity has been added because large segments of their customers—and their customers’ customers—have unplugged desktops in favor of mobile devices.  In 2012, smartphone sales surpassed those of laptops for the first time, and the trend is still accelerating.  With…

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IP networks have become the medium for most commercial transactions, customer engagement, virtual workloads, and employee interactions. This makes Internet Protocol Address Management (IPAM) a core foundation of network management, bar none. But how do most network administrators still manage IP address assignments? With spreadsheets, flat files, siloed databases and…

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