To deal with ever-changing business needs, IT infrastructure is constantly evolving and becoming increasingly complex. Companies need to plan well in advance their build and run of new IT and network services, and how to best optimise resource usage. During execution, security, reliability and velocity needs to be ensured, in order to avoid misconfigurations, missed deadlines, lack of control, and vulnerability to failures due to siloed and inaccurate data.
For this, DDI (DNS-DHCP-IPAM) has become an essential component of the digital transformation, enabling strategic IT initiatives like Zero-Trust, SD-WAN, and multi-cloud. However, only a few DDI solutions are up to the task. EfficientIP SOLIDserver is particularly renowned for an easy to manage, cost-effective and API-based DDI.
Some pitfalls to avoid when choosing a DDI solution
Organisations taking other DDI solutions have been confronted with complex architectures, with specialised appliances and with inconsistent siloed management capability which is difficult to automate. In addition, the GUIs have often turned out to not be homogeneous for the different components of a supposedly integrated solution. Sometimes, API capabilities are limited, making it difficult to utilise these DDI solutions to implement automation of the IT services supply chain. The hardware appliances are often function-specific, requiring constant upgrades to keep up with new software capabilities and capacities - which obviously exceeds hardware maintenance budgets. And on the software side, businesses complain about costly out-of-control DDI licensing, and complex software component upgrades.
5 reasons to choose EfficientIP DDI
Organisations in all verticals select EfficientIP DDI due to its simpler more scalable architecture, its flexibility for enabling automation, its market-leading DNS security, and its cost-effective TCO. Here are more details on what SOLIDserver DDI brings:
1. Lower TCO by simplified architecture, thanks to all-in-one server
SOLIDserver’s single software delivers services based on the licenses and configuration of the management appliance, so you can deploy the solution based on your actual needs. Upgrades are easy and appliances can be repurposed as needed. This simpler software architecture results in lower costs.
2. Easier management of DDI resources with intuitive GUI across all products
Using a single GUI for all services, the solution can even drive core network services running on Microsoft and Linux. All DDI services, appliances and users can be managed from a central appliance, scalable to millions of entries. In addition, SmartArchitecture templates make it easy to create, configure and manage vast DNS and DHCP services. Upgrades and server replacement can be performed in a flash.
3. Comprehensive built-in functionality: DNS firewall, cloud sync and reporting
Beyond IP resources and managing VLAN, VRF, devices, applications, and identities, EfficientIP IPAM also synchronizes IPAM data from AWS and Azure for global and centralized visibility. EfficientIP DNS can run a DNS firewall using either internal RPZ feed or external DNS feeds. A reporting engine is embedded, offering complete visibility on all network resources. Anything that can be done via the GUI can also be performed via API, which is key for automation.
4. Advanced automation capability due to flexible IPAM with actionable metadata
Usually, IPAM-managed IP resources are not connected to other repositories or business information. But with EfficientIP IPAM, these IP resources can be enriched with metadata used and queried both within the GUI and from API. The scope for automation with the ecosystem is thus greatly enhanced.
5. Smooth IT ecosystem integration with extensible APIs
SOLIDserver offers both SOAP API and REST API interfaces, allowing integration with the majority of engines and development languages. By interfacing SOLIDserver to automation or orchestration systems, IT is given a strong foundation for IP networking, from addressing to global load balancing.
Structure is important
To overcome complexity and meet the requirements of modern IT infrastructures, you need a flexible, scalable, efficient DDI solution that allows you to expand the capabilities of your current system while reducing TCO. Forced hardware refreshes should be avoided, the software easy to upgrade, and the licensing straightforward and easy to understand.
IPAM & DDI: all you need to know
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