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Internet Protocol Address Management (IPAM) has emerged as the most important function of network management for service providers and enterprises alike. The reasons are pretty simple: Internet usage is exploding, the number of online devices is multiplying wildly, and each one needs an IP address, which is the key to…

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If you’re an operator or an administrator and you work in the trenches, you’re probably already well aware that something’s gotta give on the network management and provisioning front.   At this point, trying to keep up with all the adds, deletes and changes using a manual, spreadsheet-based system is like…

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automated network provisioning benefits

Manual, spreadsheet-based provisioning focused on individual, vendor-specific network elements simply can’t keep up with the proliferation of new devices and the dynamic nature of today’s networks. An automated provisioning and control platform in contrast, reduces network complexity and integrates the entire provisioning process—including IP address assignment, DHCP and DNS configuration….

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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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