IPAM solutions are the source of truth for IP resources on the network, but when performing IPAM functions such as assignments, reconciliations, DNS updates, network plans, or Regional Internet Registry (RIR) requests, IPAM is often limited by its integration with an OSS. Operational teams often find it challenging to complete routine tasks without an integrated IPAM solution due to siloed data pools and swivel-chair environments. Continue Reading
By now, most service providers are aware that IPv4 is a limited resource that needs to be used efficiently. Preparations are well underway to move towards an IPv6 future, but for operators who are v6-ready, there is a different problem: how do you know how much of your space is used? The constraints are different, but you still need to know this information. How do you measure the usage of something that is essentially unlimited? Continue Reading
As broadband markets mature, churn becomes the critical metric for network monetization. Studies have shown that cost and billing are a key churn driver, representing 40% of subscriber attrition. Other studies have shown that half of these subscribers feel they are not receiving “value for money” and hope to find that value by moving to another service provider. Continue Reading
Large Communication Service Providers (CSPs) that provide transit to their customers need to pay special attention to those network segments to ensure that the IPs associated to them are actually being used. What happens should that customer move on or require more (or less) IP real estate? What do communication and management processes look like to ensure that all the various departments are aligned for rapid and seamless network configuration changes with no downtime? These are issues that you should rely on your IPAM solution to resolve; otherwise, what good is it? Continue Reading
Advancements in virtual private networking have extended system capabilities for service providers. Providers can divide LANs into multiple discrete segments using either Virtual Local Area Networks (vLANs), leverage Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) or Virtual Routing and Forwarding (VRF) to host Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) that support service operations over multiple instances. Continue Reading
In my last blog, we identified a number of triggers that cause an organization to pursue an IPAM automation solution. Now let’s look at some specific use cases on a cable network that can be improved with automation.
Here are the four questions you can ask yourself when looking at what to automate on a cable network. Continue Reading
This blog series will talk about how IP management (and various forms of it) form a key part of streamlining and automating a Communication Service Provider’s (CSP) network. Everyone knows that automation is a good thing, but the question is how much automation is appropriate, when to introduce it, and how to incorporate it into the network. Over the next year, I hope to share some of the experiences and lessons learned from people I have worked with. Continue Reading
When it comes to IPv6, is your network up to scratch? Or do you still have some basic preparation to do?
The race towards IPv6 is a marathon, not a sprint. It’s going to take careful preparation, incremental changes, and hard work before you see results — but in the end, when you reach the final stretch, it will all be worth it.
Right now, only about 17% of communication service providers are IPv6-ready but it’s clear most are trying to get into shape. Check out how you compare in the Shape Up for IPv6 infographic, based off our recent global survey and report IPv6 Readiness in the Communication Service Provider Industry. Continue Reading
It’s D-Day for IPv4. More than four years after first launching IPv6, North American regional Internet registry ARIN — the body in charge of handing out IP addresses in North America — has completely run out of IPv4 addresses, along with the RIRs in the Asia Pacific and Europe.
What does this mean for broadband service providers? Continue Reading
After the recent announcement that the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) had exhausted its IPv4 resource pool, many communication service providers have raised important questions about what the future holds for Internet Protocol Address Management (IPAM).
In a recent Ask Me Anything (AMA) on the popular website Reddit, CEO of ARIN, John Curran, took questions from over one hundred inquisitive Internet users. Here’s a repost from the ARIN blog of the Top 6 Reddit AMA Questions with ARIN CEO, John Curran: Continue Reading