IP address management

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IP address management (IPAM) is a means of planning, tracking, and managing the Internet Protocol address space used in a network.

IPAM integrates DNS and DHCP so that each is aware of changes in the other (for instance DNS knowing of the IP address taken by a client via DHCP, and updating itself accordingly).[1][2][3] Additional functionality, such as controlling reservations in DHCP as well as other data aggregation and reporting capability, is also common.

IPAM tools are increasingly important as new IPv6 networks are deployed with larger address pools, different subnetting techniques, and more complex 128-bit hexadecimal numbers which are not as easily human-readable as IPv4 addresses.[4] IPv6 networking, mobile computing, and multihoming require more dynamic address management.


When it comes to network and machine security, access to IPAM data can make it far easier to detect potential breaches or abuse within your infrastructure. IPAM data include information such as the IP addresses in use, what devices each IP is assigned to, the time each was assigned and to whom each IP was assigned. This information can be helpful in identifying patterns that indicate security breaches or other abuses of your network. Of course, preventing or bringing to an end such security issues is of extreme importance in order to maintain data integrity and the health of your network and systems.[5]

List of products[edit]

Solution License Current release Latest Release IPv6 support VRF support Database support
6connect Commercial 5.2.0 2016-03-01 Yes Yes MySQL
Address Commander Commercial 5.6 2013-02-01 Yes No PostgreSQL, MySQL, Oracle
ApplianSys DNSBOX Commercial 3.4.0 2013-04-29 Yes No Embedded PostgreSQL Database
Apteriks Subscription based (freemium) 2017.0.0.0 2017-02-23 Yes Yes
BlueCat Networks Commercial 8.1.1 2016-07-05 Yes No Embedded PostgreSQL Database
BT Diamond IP Commercial 7.0.45 2014-12-18 Yes No MySQL, Oracle
Calico Apache 1.3.0 2016-02-29 Yes No Etcd
Cisco Network Registrar Commercial 7.2 2011-04-27 Yes No Yes SQL
Collins Apache 2.0.0 2016-09-19 Yes No MySQL MariaDB
Device42 Commercial 13.1.1 2017-04-21 Yes Yes Embedded PostgreSQL Database
Easy-IP Commercial 7.0.1 2015-03-31 Yes Yes FirebirdSQL
EfficientIP Commercial 6.0.0 2016-04-11 Yes Yes Embedded DDBMS
GestióIP GPLv3 3.2 2016-01-02 Yes Yes MySQL
GLPI-IPAM GPLv2 0.84 2013-04-08 Yes No MySQL
HaCi GPLv2 0.98c 2015-03-04 Yes ? MySQL, PostgreSQL
i-doit Commercial 1.8.1 2016-11-30 Yes Yes MySQL
Infinity Commercial 2017-02-21 Yes Yes Hybrid PostgreSQL & NoSQL
Infoblox Commercial 7.3.8 2016-09-26 Yes Yes Embedded real-time distributed database
IP-Admin Commercial 5.0 2012-06-01 No No Microsoft SQL Server
IPplan GPLv3 6.00Beta 2010-04-29 Yes No PostgreSQL, MySQL, Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server
MAAS - Metal as a Service GNU General Public License 2.0 2016-04-23 Yes No PostgreSQL
Men & Mice Suite Commercial 8.1 2017-01-24 Yes Yes internal SQLite, Microsoft SQL Server
Microsoft Commercial Windows Server 2012 R2 / 2016 2013-10-17 Yes No Windows Internal Database, Microsoft SQL Server
Morpheus Commercial 2.8.4 2016-10-19 Yes Yes PostgreSQL, MySQL, Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server
MyIP GPLv3 1.0 2011-05-18 Yes Yes MySQL
NetBox Apache 1.9.6 2017-04-21 Yes Yes PostgreSQL
NetDB GPLv2 4.6.2R1 2011-08-25 Yes No Oracle
NETDOT GPL 1.0.7 2015-01-08 Yes No MySQL, PostgreSQL
Netmagis CeCILL-B (compatible with BSD) 2.3.3 2016-11-25 Yes Yes PostgreSQL
NIPAP BSD 0.28.4 2015-07-16 Yes Yes PostgreSQL
NameSurfer Commercial 7.6.2 2016-12-21 Yes Yes PostgreSQL
NOC BSD 15.05.1 2015-05-20 Yes Yes PostgreSQL
OpenNetAdmin GPLv2 v13.03.01 2013-03-01 Yes No MySQL (via adodb)
phpIP GPL 4.3.2 2006-11-06 No No MySQL
phpIPAM GPLv3 1.2.1 2016-02-13 Yes Yes MySQL
RackTables GPLv2 0.20.12 2017-02-08 Yes No MySQL, MariaDB
Ralph Apache 3.0 2016-01-27 Yes No MySQL
Route Inventory Management Commercial 1.18 2013-02-04 Yes No Embedded database
Sauron GPL 0.7.3 2010-02-19 No No PostgreSQL
SolarWinds IP Address Manager Commercial 4.1 2014-02-18 Yes No Microsoft SQL Server
subnetsmngr GPLv2 2.0 2011-11-23 Yes No PostgreSQL
TCPWave IPAM Suite Commercial 11.5 2015-08-06 Yes No MySQL
TeemIp AGPLv3 2.0.1 2014-05-26 Yes Yes MySQL
VitalQIP Commercial 8.1.1 2016-05-13 Yes Yes Sybase, Oracle
ZDNS Commercial 2017-02-13 Yes Yes SQLite, MySQL


  1. ^ "Welcome to IPAM Worldwide". Retrieved March 17, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Campus DHCP/DNS and IPAM Services". Ann Arbor, MI: The Regents of the University of Michigan. Retrieved March 17, 2011. Internet Protocol Address Management is a database system for planning, tracking, and managing IP address space. 
  3. ^ Rooney, Tim (2010). IP Address Management Principles and Practice. IEEE Press series on network management. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-IEEE Press. ISBN 978-0-470-88065-4. OCLC 701468014. 
  4. ^ Doyle, Jeff (January 28, 2011). "Jeff Doyle on IP Routing: IPv6 Address Design". Framingham, MA: Network World, Inc. Retrieved March 17, 2011. 
  5. ^ Wheeler, Brian (December 7, 2016). "3 Reasons You Need an IP Address Management (IPAM) Strategy in 2017". San Mateo, CA: Morpheus_Data.