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Does a modern cloud based network require DDI?

By Megana Natarajan - January 05, 2021 3 Mins Read

Does a modern cloud based network require DDI

Enterprises leaders say that the shift to cloud platform has increased the impact of the network by extending the perimeter beyond branch offices and regional data centers

CIOs acknowledge that the shift to cloud platforms has had a significant impact on networks. The perimeter has moved to diverse locations for remotely working resources, compared to traditional branch offices or regional data centers.

As a result, the networking environment has become more problematic due to the higher number of locations, “internet of things” devices, mobile, and sites increase at the network edge.

Enterprise leaders believe that a range of tools will enable them to address modern-day networking hurdles- DDI. This solution blends together DHCP, DNS, and IPAM or IP Address Management into a singular solution. There exist both open-source and paid versions of these tools in the market.

Organizations are aware that free tools generally don’t have the capacity or the scale to satisfy the demand for high-performance environments. This particular set of technologies allows communications across IP-based networks and plays a crucial role in implementing secure access service edge or SASE. The majority of network professionals wouldn’t link SASE to DDI; however, the connection must be made to simplify ongoing operations and the deployment.

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The new enterprise networking technology, SASE, helps converge wide-area network security and network edge in a single cloud-based service. It develops on the idea of software-defined networking that enables software-based provisioning via the cloud. SD-WAN is taken to a higher level by SASE. Basic level SD-WANs have shown issues with security and management. At the same time, SASE is meant as a network security-focused tech from the initial stages.

CIOs say that for most enterprises, it can be safely assumed that network is the main business. The business will not work if the network isn’t functioning; DDI core network services are crucial elements for all networks and serve the capabilities that keep networks working. For converting domain names to numerical IP addresses, DNS protocol implements different measures.

DHCP protocol assigns IP addresses dynamically to network-connected endpoints. This eliminates the requirement for network admins to configure these settings manually. IPAM manages and tracks the assignment of IP addresses inside the enterprise.

C-suite leaders agree that most network professionals ignore IPAM, and they are encouraged to use spreadsheets or homegrown tools. Trying this process can turn complicated and out of hand, even in small environments, highlighting the importance of IPAM.

While no-cost or low-cost tools may seem appealing for enterprises, they result in issues that can interrupt the entire business operations. As more enterprises adopt IoT devices, the demand for IPAM has increased manifold times.

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Conventional networking has gone through a transformation, and thus enterprises no longer access all the services and apps in the data center. The architecture of enterprise networks has been changed by tech like IoT, SD-WAN, multi-cloud, and SASE.

CIOs believe that an enterprise that is already interested in SASE architecture should seriously consider investing in DDI as the foundation. While the solutions can be bought individually, there exists a benefit in purchasing the tool suite. The unified solution can easily share data across all tools. Monitoring and analyzing the data for insights can help reduce network downtime, and common processes can be automated. Central visibility and administration are provided for the complete environment.


Megana Natarajan

Megana Natarajan is a Global News Correspondent with OnDOt Media. She has experience in content creation and has previously created content for agriculture, travel, fashion, energy and markets. She has 3.9 years’ experience as a SAP consultant and is an Engineering graduate.

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