A key advantage of DDI solutions is the integration of the IP address plan data with the live actual data held in DNS and DHCP servers. Deploying a ‘joined-up’ DDI solution addresses key problems with using separate tools which are only linked, if at all, through manual effort:
- The cost of “fragmentation” is inefficiency and complexity
- Inconsistencies are likely between the live data and your plan: someone will set DNS or DHCP values which conflict with the plan for IP address space usage
- If this task is shared between people in different parts of the organisation, maybe in different parts of the world, it creates additional work
- You can’t get visibility of your network to allow you to oversee the provisioning of IP addresses, manage address reservation and detect new devices
An integrated DDI solution allows large, complex data to be automatically synchronised between services and viewed in real time from a single interface. This gives you full visibility and control of your core IP services, saving you time and money.
Drastically reduce your workload
An integrated DDI solution is much more efficient.
- A single intelligent software application takes care of both your IP address plan and your live DNS and DHCP data.
- Instead of 2 or more separate data sets, there is a single consistent data set. The ‘plan’ is always in line with the ‘actuals’. In effect, you see two different views of the same data, depending on what task you are doing.
- The time spent checking and reconciling actual DNS and DHCP values against a separate planning tool is saved.
- You can also save time managing all your connected DDI servers within a consistent single software application.
Control your names and numbers
The idea of having an IP address plan in the first place, is to achieve control over your IP address space.
The IP address plan provides a framework for managing your DNS and DHCP. Because these are automatically mapped against the plan, you will achieve more discipline and control in the organisation of your DNS and DHCP.
Control the work
Having a single, shared application – which could be shared by administrators around a whole global organisation – means that the sharing of the workload is much more controlled. Your organisation can design appropriate workflows, defining who does what.
Eliminate configuration errors across DDI services
Because you are now working with a single application and a single dataset, in a more controlled environment, you can expect the level of admin errors to be much reduced.