IP Address Management Software: An Overview

You might be wondering what an IP Address Management Software does, right? First, you need to know what IP address management (IPAM) is. IP address management is related completely to the way Internet Protocol address space is used in a network.

It is a means of planning, tracking and managing the address space in the network. Now, if you will observe closely, the name of the software says it all. It is a software that eliminates IP conflicts and saves time by managing DHCP, DNS and IP addresses. Managing multiple IP Addresses is not the task you’d like to handle without such software backing you up whenever things get tricky.

The key features of IP address management software are as follows:

Automated IP Address Management:

IP management software has the feature of automated subnet discovery and scanning of the IP addresses which scours the network so that the user gets a clear idea of the use pattern of IPs.

Conflict Alert and Troubleshooting:

Good software always detects the conflicts between the IPs, or the cases where DNS entries won’t match. Also, it is capable of tracking the depletion of subnets or scopes and will effectively report and troubleshoot as required.

History Track and IP Details:

It is very important for the user to sometimes figure out how the IPs have been used in the past. The software logs all the events and is hence capable of giving detailed descriptions of the IPs, giving a much clearer idea of who did what on the IPs and when.

Entrusted Administration:

The IP management software comes with a feature by which IP administration can be easily entrusted so that the system and the network administrators can manage their own range of IPs efficiently. This feature proves to be very useful in boosting the overall efficiency of the software.

Integrated DHCP And DNS Control:

The Software is capable of finding an open IP and making DHCP reservations along with DNS entries in a flash. Also, the software allows all this to be performed on a single console boosting the efficiency and providing ease of use.

Boosted Search:

After the software has listed all the subnets and has scheduled them for scanning, the admin can take the help of global search option which is capable of fetching all the details of an IP address. The search can be carried out using multiple things such as the IP address, MAC Address, Alias Name, DNS Name, etc.

Flexibility:

The IP address management software does provide flexible scanning options such as scans which can be scheduled to run at specified intervals. The administrator has the freedom to choose from multiple scanning options that include Ping, SNMP, DNS, etc. For subnets that are shielded behind a firewall or not directly accessible, the administrator can stop the scanning and mark the statuses of the IP addresses as either used or available manually.  It can also reserve an IP address for some specific use as per the requirements.