IoT or Internet of Things has made quite a large impact across the globe. Even though industry experts in the beginning ruled out any major implication of the wearable smart devices that uses the Internet for providing additional services to the users. Initially the devices generally acted as mere accessory to another smart device that can operate independently.
However, as technology has evolved, we have more devices under the IoT segment that are capable of independent operation and provide exceptional services. This has raised the number of users and has opened up the market for IoT considerably. With the popularity of IoT increasing there has been considerable increase of demand for more IP addresses. As has already been declared, the last of the IPv4 addresses have been allocated and it is just a matter of time before there is no more IPv4 address to assign to any new device. This has created the obvious need to shift towards the new addressing protocol, IPv6.
How IPv6 is defining the IP address management industry growth?
It should be kept in mind that IPv6 is quite different as compared to IPv4. IPv4 used the decimal system to create a four segment address system that identified the various devices accessing the Internet as well as the address of the servers. IPv6 uses the hexadecimal system for addressing. The entire address is segmented into eights parts. This allows the inclusion of a much higher number of devices and the capacity of the IP address allocation system increases considerably.
As we begin 2017, the number of devices interacting with the internet is on the rise at a rapid rate. IoT has led to this rapid growth and have quite clearly hastened forward the date when IPv6 is going to be the only option available. The huge number of IP address requirement has made IP address management software an absolute necessity.
IP address management software makes it possible for any organization to monitor its entire network much more efficiently. Even with the various smart devices accessing the Internet an efficient IP address management system is able to allocate IP addresses and keep track of the activities happening within the network. The IPAM software is also responsible for ensuring prevention of IP address conflicts. With the integration of DHCP and DNS the IPAM software helps prevent unauthorized access into the network and thereby ensuring higher security.
The fast growth of IoT has resulted in higher rate of IPv6 adoption. This has further assisted the growth and development of the IPAM industry. IP address management software available earlier was able to work with IPv4 mostly. However, the use of IPv6 has led to development of IPAM software that will ensure allocation of IPv6 addresses and well.
Any business can only sustain through constant development and evolution. It is high time that modern IP address management software make it to the organizations if they already have not. IoT certainly shows a bright future. This opens up new horizons and better opportunities for the business organizations.