The Innumerable DDI Business Benefits
Jan 04, 2023
No two enterprise IP networks are exactly the same. And the corresponding management approaches likewise differ. While the use of spreadsheets and text editors can serve as DDI solutions for any size organization, they offer none of the benefits one can attain by deploying a DDI system, such as automation, integration, reporting and scalability.
Many DDI business benefits relate to automation, reducing time and minimizing errors in performing IT and DDI tasks, and security, in expanding the depth of network defenses. Fundamental to good security practice is an accurate inventory of all organizational assets including network-reachable assets via IP addresses, and DDI offers much more.
Practically every IT initiative involves a DDI task: deploying a cloud subnet, instantiating a virtual machine Automation reduces manual effort and associated data entry errors and can reduce the time required to perform certain tasks. Automation benefits may also extend beyond IPAM functions, particularly into multi-cloud environments.
DDI information provides additional insights into potentially nefarious activity. Monitoring DDI transactions with the ability to trace suspicious DDI activity serves as a valuable component to cyber threat investigations. DNS control such as rate limiting, firewalling and tunnel blocking also mitigate malware attack impacts. And our ISO-27001 certified managed DDI services attest to Cygna Labs’ dedication to information security.
DDI services are foundational to the operation of your IP network and IP applications yet end users to take them for granted. An outage due to IP address misassignments or DHCP or DNS services failure can bring sudden ire to your network and cloud teams. Employing DDI discipline can help reduce network outages, thereby reducing fire-fighting and associated costs while improving end user satisfaction with increased network uptime.
Should a site or portion of the network become unreachable for direct diagnosis, a centralized IP database may prove indispensable to identifying occupied and available IP addresses, perhaps to configure a “back door” to the isolated site. The very moment the information is needed may be when it may not be directly attainable from the source; hence a centralized IP address database is critical to facilitating rapid trouble resolution.
Accurate DDI Inventory and Reporting
A centralized IP address repository eases the process of tracking inventory for configuration, management, and reporting. A means to periodically reconcile inventory information with the network can assure accuracy of DDI information. Audit tracking concerning who had which IP address and who made particular network changes are also important to meet accountability, forensics and possibly regulatory requirements.
With the proliferation of private and cloud services, Internet of Things (IoT), wireless networks, SDWAN, as well as innovative IP applications, your IP network is now indispensable for your business or organization. Centralized DDI visibility and management spanning these diverse domains simplifies operations and controls costs.
While centralized management streamlines your business, the ability to delegate responsibility for certain functions and/or portions of the network is critical as well. Enabling administrators to manage subsets of the network enables the centralized team to handle issues requiring a higher level of expertise such as troubleshooting escalation. Empowering end users for simple tasks such as requesting an IP address can reduce staff time requirements and improve responsiveness through self service.
Your DDI system can help you streamline your operations and improve service quality. For more information, please read about our DDI solutions from the perspective of business professionals.