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Guillaume Demerliac

Sensible IPAM Part 4: Managing Everyday DHCP, DNS, and IPAM

Read about how to simplify day-to-day IP infrastructure operations, in-house or in the field, by rethinking priorities and streamlining the interface between you, your engineers and the network.

Jul 12th, 2022

As we near the end of our Sensible IPAM series, we now examine how to simplify day-to-day IP infrastructure operations, in-house or in the field, by rethinking priorities and streamlining the interface between you, your engineers and the network.

IP Address Management with Micetro by Men&Mice

Each part of the blog series presents real-world scenarios that Men&Mice has helped solve.

When response time > features (agility)

Imagine that you are:

  • An infrastructure director of an enterprise that’s recently experienced a merger or aquisiton. You’re evaluating newly acquired resources, and how to integrate them into the network. For the moment, however, you simply need to keep everything running smoothly while you evaluate how to merge the network resources. You need to efficiently see network resource usage statistics, identify overlaps and bottlenecks, and monitor your overall network health.
  • A network administrator delegating day-to-day management across teams and offices distributed in many locations worldwide. To minimize manual changes, cut network overhead and mitigate misconfiguration errors, you have to automate processes and set up local access controls that complement your network security strategy, in tandem with helping your team have the autonomy they need to operate unencumbered.

The integrity of enterprise IP infrastructure (DNS, DHCP, IPAM), factors heavily towards the business’s ability to execute on operations and even generate revenue. Yet, there’s very little knowledge, outside of core IT departments, about the functions and responsibilities of the company’s network. Likewise, IT operators don’t always have the full scope of understanding about how network complexities can hinder business efficiencies. What is known, however, is that agility is becoming more important as networks scale or adapt to meet changing demand, with speed and simplicity proving equally valuable to the robustness of the DNS, DHCP and IP address management solution.

What You Need from your DNS,DHCP and IPAM

Your network needs to be a uniform solution that lets you resolve common issues and manage network functions quickly, efficiently, and provide the visibility necessary to maintain the its integrity.

This will enable you to simplify workflow and minimize the complexities between you and the network, no matter which area of the network you are focused on any given day and no matter the underlying architecture behind it. Complete visibility helps you make informed decisions. Coupled with the flexibility to quickly maneuver, the solution you choose must enable you to adapt to changing needs without disruptions in network functionality.

Where Men&Mice Can Help with day-to-day IP infrastructure managment

With the robust and complete feature set of Micetro and the built-in visibility it offers, you can tackle large projects and deep (re)organization all while getting a much clearer view of IP infrastructure management. The newest version our network management solution, Micetro 10.3, delivers the management power and day-to-day operational functionality.

Wwith the ability to be deployed in any on-premise, hybrid, or multicloud network environment, Micetro acts as a non-disruptive overlay that unifies server management under a single GUI and API. Micetro is a modular, software-defined DDI solution built around a number of components, and accessed through a unified user interface and API.

Anything you can do in the Micetro management console or web UI can also be done via the APIs, which means that you can do anything in the Micetro environment programmatically.

The web application is designed specifically for day-to-day operations where speed and agility is paramount. For example, you can quickly organize and manage DNS zones and records or IP address ranges, DHCP scopes and IP addresses. Its features are streamlined, to manage the most common tasks performed through Micetro with additional Quick filters and Quick command to further cut down time. If you need to deep dive into the guts of your network operations, fear not, you have the Windows management console as well.

With Micetro by Men&Mice, engineers overseeing various areas of your network can quickly respond to and solve IP allocation issues, move DNS zones and DHCP scopes, and experiment with moving more workloads to the cloud, without sacrificing the ever important visibility.

Automating and delegating tasks that are defined through fine-grained access controls within Micetro helps alleviate IT overhead and affords some localized autonomy in everyday scenarios, making day to day network management more efficient.

Infrastructure directors overseeing fragmented networks can get greater visibility and operational functionality.

Micetro distills powerful DDI capabilities into a non-disruptive software package, complete with an agile tool for day-to-day management, offering compatibility with Unix/Linux, Windows, and Cisco IOS as well as functionality across Azure DNS, Amazon Route 53, Dyn, NS1, Akamai Fast DNS, and IPAM in AWS, Azure and OpenStack.  Manage, sync and automate network changes and authorizations, filter and record changes through unified audit trails and get comprehensive insight into large-scale networks through one unified dashboard.

In the last part of our sensible IPAM series, we’ll take a closer look at how to reinforce IP infrastructure security and prepare for DDoS mitigation and defense against other threats.

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