BT Diamond IP, a provider of software, as well as appliance products and services that help customers to manage complex Internet Protocol networks, reportedly announced that it has received United States patent No. 7,623,547 for 'Internet Protocol Address Management System and Method.'
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued the patent last Nov. It is a unique hierarchical container structure that helps in solving complex IP management problem.
Precisely, the patent helps in integrated management of IPv4 and IPv6. In other words, it explains about an IP address management system that supports both IPv4 and IPv6 address space utilizing a unique hierarchical container structure as well as block allocation techniques, said officials.
For those unaware, IP address management, in general, deals with management of allocation, administration, reporting and tracking of public and private IP space, IP devices and associated data. Usually, enterprises implement systems and processes that interact with the DNS and DHCP infrastructure in order to provide IPAM capabilities.
The IP address management solution not only automates, but also simplifies IP address management, thereby increasing network availability as well as reducing operational costs and configuration errors.
BT (News - Alert) Diamond IP’s managed IPAM service options are available in basic and full-service. The basic Sapphire Infrastructure Management option features proactive monitoring, troubleshooting, network configuration and patch management of company’s Sapphire appliances deployed in a customer’s network. The fully managed service features all IPAM management functions. Customers can log their change requests through a web portal and the company experts handle tasks such as adding, moving or changing subnets, IP addresses, pools, resource records and more.
In the release, officials with BT Diamond IP (News - Alert) said that the new patent’s structure and techniques have been already implemented in company’s products, such as the NetControl product and its successor, IPControl.
'We are honored that our innovation is recognized and protected,' Michael Dooley, vice president of BT Diamond IP and one of the co-inventors, said. 'This patent is a testament to our leadership in the IPAM industry. Our products now uniquely enable customers to simplify organization of address space and streamline allocation of address blocks and subnets based on this organization and associated policies.'
According to BT Diamond IP, its advanced IP management solutions facilitate businesses to manage IP address space more efficiently across mid-to-very large sized networks. Additionally, its cable firmware management software facilitates broadband cable operators automate and simplify the process of upgrading and maintaining firmware on DOCSIS devices in the field.
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Edited by Amy Tierney