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7 Reasons Why You Need IP Management Software Now

by | April 21, 2013

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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 hardware appliances.

This approach makes for a pretty big disconnect between the importance of IPAM and the paucity of the tool. At best, spreadsheet management undercuts your productivity and disadvantages your company competitively; at worst, it can lead to catastrophic network failure, customer alienation, and significant loss of revenue. Here are seven compelling reasons to abandon your spreadsheets in favor of a provisioning platform that augments the capabilities of conventional IPAM:

1. Future-proof your network

IP-enabled devices will exceed 10 billion, or 1.4 devices per person by 2016, while the number of network connections will reach 18.9 billion, according to a recent Cisco study. Virtual machines and other virtual devices in the data center and across underlying networks also significantly adds to the complexity of managing IP resources.

Business transactions increasingly take place online. In other words, the number of IP addresses that must be assigned and managed, and the cost of failing to manage them properly, will continue to skyrocket. Spreadsheets can’t possibly keep pace with the influx, and your company can’t afford the consequences when they fall short.

2. Improve service quality

IP address blocks are difficult to track manually, and the results are error-prone. Address conflicts result in network service disruptions, and sometimes these can be widespread and prolonged. Automated IPAM software is virtually error-free, thus eliminating this common source of downtime.

3. Increase productivity

A network administrator relying on spreadsheets can require more than 45 minutes to provision a block of IP addresses. Automated IPAM software completes the task in under 3 seconds— over 180 times faster. Because errors caused by manual provisioning are time-consuming to correct and IPAM software is virtually error-free, your actual time savings will be much greater. These savings are further multiplied when looking at entire operational teams.

 Get more agile

Most IT departments spend 80 percent of their time and resources maintaining day-to-day operations, leaving only 20 percent for new initiatives. But automated IP management software gives you a performance improvement of better than 99 percent. That’s a significant chunk of staff time that can be reallocated from keeping the lights on to new revenue-producing projects.

Reduce your costs

Automated IPAM means substantial labor savings, thus allowing you to reduce your network’s OPEX. But more efficient address allocation also means better network resource utilization, thus allowing you to reduce your CAPEX as well.

Retain your customers

Faster, more accurate address allocation reduces your backlog and allows you to execute service requests more quickly. Faster, more accurate service translates into happier, more satisfied customers. New customers can be brought online much more quickly, and new value-added services can be brought to market much faster.

7. Grow your revenue

Automating your IP management processes can directly affect your top line. Recent studies found that network downtime costs businesses an average of $160,000 per hour in lost customers and sales. Reducing outages through automated IP provisioning can help you capture those sales. And faster, more efficient IP address management helps IT stay apace of new business demands so that new, revenue-producing services can reach market more quickly.

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“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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