What is DDI?
DDI stands for DNS, DHCP, and IP Address Management (IPAM). It’s often used to describe a tool that integrates core networking services into one management solution. A DDI solution provides a centralized platform to manage DNS and DHCP services and has an IPAM component.
Consider each component of DDI and its function. Domain Name System provides IP addresses, Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol assigns IP address, and IP address management handles IP resources. Services management is an essential for enterprise networks, which rely on IP addresses for communication across the network.
When the components of DDI are managed separately, there are inherent risks. Bringing together the core services into one platform transforms network management. With a centralized solution, administrators get visibility and control of their network from a single pane of glass. This gives administrators:
- Ability to automate maintenance tasks
- Instant access to update records
- More context for auditing and reporting
- Improved efficiency of DDI management
- Improved security, resiliency, and support, especially while patching and upgrading
Since a DDI solution is integrated, many tasks are simplified for the network team. Instead of having a gap between records and actual IP address usage, records are updated in real-time. These are some examples:
- Add, delete, and update host records
- Selectively deploy network devices
- Add, delete, update IPv4 records
Beyond maintenance tasks, DDI solutions include features that help organizations get more from their network.
- A real-time, single pane view of the network
- Full integration of DNS and DHCP services with IPAM tool
- Scalable, highly available, open architecture
- Manage IP address in a GUI
- Network automation
- Compatibility with virtual and physical appliances
- IPv4 to IPv6 support
- Flexible deployment and management of cloud resources
- Security for critical services