Regardless of size, businesses face challenges when it comes to managing their network and keeping the cost of running the network low. These challenges are more pronounced in the case of small and medium sized businesses, since they need to maintain the same level of security and availability as larger organizations do, but with a smaller budget and staff. Routine activities such as managing DNS and DHCP, assigning IP addresses, creating and managing subnets and reporting and auditing device connection history can take more than their fair share of time and resources. Moreover, concentration of DNS, DHCP and IP address management expertise in fewer hands makes organizations heavily dependent on a few individuals without adequate backup. These experts have a hard time focusing on more strategic projects since they have to spend an inordinate amount of time on trivial yet repetitive activities like issuing IP addresses, finding out which device is connected where and maintaining spreadsheets for IPAM.
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