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We performed a comparison between Infoblox IPAM and SolarWinds IPAM based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two IP Address Management (IPAM) Tools solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
To learn more, read our detailed Infoblox IPAM vs. SolarWinds IPAM Report (Updated: November 2022).
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Pros
"The most important feature of Infoblox IPAM for my clients is its reliability.""Regarding DDI, I would say the best feature of Infoblox is the DNS security. DNS tunneling is a significant security issue and is very difficult to protect against based on our tests with other types of security devices. However, Infoblox eliminates this issue and provides excellent security against a difficult threat.""IPAM's best features include the view of how many soft nets are filled from your container and the grid master.""It provides us with flexibility.""Infoblox gives us the flexibility to manage our internal networks and publish the data outside of the network on the internet. It's quite fluid to do it.""Before IPAM (IP Address Management) came into the picture, every user had to depend on an Active Directory engineer to get an IP assigned. With Infoblox IPAM, there's automation or auto assignment of IP addresses which is a valuable feature. There's also the capability of storing many networks in one place through the solution. Infoblox IPAM solved the major issue of needing an Active Directory engineer to assign an IP.""One of the most valuable features of this solution has been DNS security. It has a solid foundation for building DNS, DHCP, and Advanced Threat Prevention.""The graphical user interface is very user-friendly and simple to use. It is very simple to use if you have never used it before."

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"The initial setup is straightforward. It takes about half a day, and it can be done by one engineer.""Its setup is simple. Its interface is simple. It's very easy to manage.""The most valuable feature of SolarWinds IPAM is its automated IP address management. Instead of working with Excel sheets, it's automated and saves a lot of time and effort. Additionally, it is adaptable, IT managers enjoy it, and it is high quality.""The product is user-friendly and valuable."

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Cons
"Infoblox IPAM has improved and is better, but it needs to have an external GSLB functionality. Currently, the solution has a GLSB functionality for internal appliances, but for an external user, that functionality doesn't exist. Infoblox IPAM also needs some improvement on its threat engine and RPZ policies, or DNS firewall or DNS policies. An additional feature I'd like to see in Infoblox IPAM is zero-touch provisioning in terms of the appliances. Currently, there's zero-touch provisioning for cloud-based devices, but for physical appliances in branches, there's none, so you still have to do some configurations. For example, if you have existing DNS infrastructure and you need to set up Infoblox IPAM in new branches, and you need more appliances, you should be able to just plug the solution into the network, and there shouldn't be any manual interference required.""It is challenging to find training tutorials online.""When we do a host entry, it also reflects in the lookup. We should be able to filter that part. If we do only the A and PTR records, we need to reflect only that part in the lookup.""An area for improvement is IPAM's smart folders, which can be slow to access and would benefit from a search feature.""How you track IPs within a subnet and how all of that works was not intuitive to me. If I compare it to VitalQIP, I create a subnet, and it's a slash 24 size. It's very easy. I look, and here are my 254 IPs. I can then see if I have assigned a static, do I have a DHCP scope, and what's the name of the device. That's all there in front of me. The thing that I found frustrating with Infoblox was that it was not very intuitive.""The only room for improvement in Infoblox IPAM is its compatibility and flexibility with IPv6. There's been an issue transitioning from IPv4 to IPv6, and though Infoblox is in the process of resolving the issue, it would be better if the team could come up with a solution in a quicker timeframe. Better transitioning from IPv4 to IPv6 is what I'd like to see in the next release of the solution.""From an IPAM standpoint, DHCP is an area that needs to be improved.""When we use the forwarders or when we're trying to connect with the internet, sometimes there are issues and the publishing time is longer."

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"The installation and storage could be improved.""SolarWinds IPAM offers premium support, but the customer has to pay more money, and then they will have minimal response times.""My understanding is that IPAM cannot be used for the AWS environment. I might be wrong, but that's what I believe it cannot do. On AWS, SolarWinds IPAM cannot do what it does on the on-prem side. They should explore how to make IPAM capable and scalable on AWS and Azure environments.""I would like more updates."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The price of the solution is reasonable compared to competitors, such as Akamai."
  • "Infoblox IPAM is a very expensive solution and it should improve. The solution is subscription-based, and the payments can be monthly or yearly. There are additional costs for more features, and the exact cost depends on the features you're using."
  • "The licensing cost for Infoblox IPAM depends on your usage and also depends on your term plans, for example, you may want it for three months, six months, or only for seven days. I don't remember the exact licensing cost, but it depends on your organization's structure and how many networks you are going to need."
  • "The cost depends on the scale at which we're deploying it. It's an annual subscription that ranges between $1,000 and $2,000."
  • "We purchase yearly licenses, and I don't know the exact price as I'm not involved in the finance or sales departments. Infoblox is one of the more expensive products in the DDI environment, so I would say that for organizations looking to combine DNS, DSTP, and IP management with security features, the solution is worth it. However, for organizations only looking for an IP management tool, for example, many more affordable options are available."
  • "Infoblox IPAM is a licensed product, and my company pays for it yearly. It depends on the licensing model you choose because right now, the solution can also be subscription-based, specifically the cloud version, but the traditional licensing model for it is one that's paid yearly. The cost would depend on the organization. I know how much my company pays for Infoblox IPAM, but I won't disclose that information. If your company has $10,000,000 or $20,000,000, for example, and you need stability, then I'd say the solution is worth it. If your company is a startup, then the solution may not be worth it, but it would still depend on the ability of your company because Infoblox IPAM is one of the costlier solutions in the market."
  • "They were expensive. They were known to be expensive. In general, they used to at least try to encourage you to upgrade to hardware every three years. Infoblox had a reputation as being one of the better solutions but also one of the more expensive solutions, whereas VitalQ was definitely a much more affordable solution. With Infoblox, anytime you replace hardware, there would also be the cost of the hardware upgrade. So, besides the software licensing fee, there were also hardware maintenance and hardware upgrade fees. I would rate it a 3 out of 10 in terms of pricing."
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  • "The price of SolarWinds IPAM is good. After the second year, you have to pay additional for maintenance, because the first year is included with the license maintenance and support. It's from the second year on, you have to pay about 20% of the list price for maintenance and support."
  • "It's on the costlier side. It's expensive."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:IPAM's best features include the view of how many soft nets are filled from your container and the grid master.
    Top Answer:The cost depends on the scale at which we're deploying it. It's an annual subscription that ranges between $1,000 and $2,000. I would rate the pricing as three out of five. If the organization is… more »
    Top Answer:An area for improvement is IPAM's smart folders, which can be slow to access and would benefit from a search feature. In the next release, IPAM should include a separate view for requests and… more »
    Top Answer:The product is user-friendly and valuable.
    Top Answer:The license is expensive as it could be priced lower. Therefore, I rate the price a six out of ten.
    Top Answer:I rate the solution a seven out of ten. The solution is good, but the storage and installation can be improved.
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    Also Known As
    SolarWinds IP Address Manager
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    Overview

    With Infoblox IPAM (IP address management) and DHCP, you can automate and centralize all aspects of IP address provisioning and DHCP server management in conjunction with DNS. Infoblox’s integrated platform enables you to confidently handle your most challenging IPAM and DHCP requirements in every type of network environment, data center and hybrid cloud environment. Infoblox IPAM enables your teams to increase network agility and responsiveness, so you can boost the efficiency of core network operations. Thanks to clear visibility into network operations, you can automatically detect and quarantine rogue devices, lower security risks and prevent outages.

    SolarWinds IPAM (IP Address Manager) is an IP management tool designed to work hand-in-hand with unified DHCP and DNS administration. The solution helps organizations prevent IP conflicts, using IPv4 and IPv6 address management. It also offers API support to provide two-way integration with third-party software, and enables automated provisioning.

    SolarWinds IPAM Features

    SolarWinds IPAM has many valuable key features. Some of the most useful ones include:

    • Integrated DHCP and DNS configuration management: SolarWinds IPAM works with multi-vendor DHCP and DNS services and does not require additional proprietary software or hardware for management. With the solution, users can easily unify and manage their Microsoft, Cisco, and ISC open-source DHCP servers as well as their BIND and Microsoft DNS servers.
    • Monitoring and alerting: The solution proactively and automatically detects IP address problems so that they don’t lead to network disruption. It enables organizations to continuously monitor and improve IP performance via notification of IP address changes in the network. SolarWinds IPAM also provides access to utilization data on essential metrics for planning.
    • Role-based administration: With SolarWinds IPAM, you can manage your DHCP, DNS, and IP subnets independently. Team members can manage their own subnets, address blocks, and DHCP and DNS services without affecting each other. In addition, role-based administration helps maintain security without limiting delegation of IP address management activities.
    • Subnet Allocation Wizard: SolarWinds IPAM allows users to specify supernet and subnet sizes, so it can automatically allocate the correct-sized subnet. The Subnet Allocation Wizard helps efficiently organize managed IP address spaces into subnets sized appropriately for the extent and traffic of networks. This feature also enables you to determine the most efficient way to subdivide a supernet.
    • Microsoft Active Directory: With the solution, you save time on configuring and creating separate logins by leveraging existing user accounts.

    SolarWinds IPAM Benefits

    There are many benefits to implementing SolarWinds IPAM. Some of the biggest advantages the solution offers include:

    • Less downtime: Because the solution offers monitoring and alerting features, it can help eliminate network downtime that is due to IP conflicts and non-availability of IP addresses due to full subnets.
    • Plug-in for vRealize Orchestrator: You can automate the process of provisioning IP addresses and updating DNS records with the solution’s plug-in for vRealize Orchestrator. The plug-in contains over a dozen workflows and actions that can be leveraged to script and seamlessly integrated.
    • Global IP address search: By performing a global search, the solution can help you track down a specific IP address on your network in a matter of seconds. You can quickly and easily access IP address data to both search for available IPs and meet IP requests as well.
    • Automated IP address scanning: The solution makes it easy for users to set up scheduled, automatic scanning for both IPv4 and IPv6 address spaces. In turn, this reduces manual errors and helps to ensure your network’s IP address information is up to date. Scheduled IP address scanning also helps you avoid IP address conflicts by recognizing transient IP status.
    • Customizable dashboards: By implementing SolarWinds IPAM solution, you can customize dashboards to deliver the essential information you need in a unified, at-a-glance view for streamlined management and quick troubleshooting.
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    Sample Customers
    Geisinger Health System, Allied Irish Banks, Lewisville Independent School District, University of Liverpool, Newell Rubbermaid, AH Belo, Arizona State University, Baptist Healthcare System, Kronos
    Andr. L. Riis AS, Air Rarotonga, REA Group, Air Rarotonga, Open Line, Monroe City Schools, CTV Inc.
    Top Industries
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company16%
    Government12%
    Comms Service Provider10%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company15%
    Government14%
    Comms Service Provider12%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Company Size
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    Small Business14%
    Large Enterprise86%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise10%
    Large Enterprise72%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business57%
    Large Enterprise43%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise70%
    Buyer's Guide
    Infoblox IPAM vs. SolarWinds IPAM
    November 2022
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    Infoblox IPAM is ranked 1st in IP Address Management (IPAM) Tools with 11 reviews while SolarWinds IPAM is ranked 3rd in IP Address Management (IPAM) Tools with 4 reviews. Infoblox IPAM is rated 8.8, while SolarWinds IPAM is rated 7.4. The top reviewer of Infoblox IPAM writes "Stable, scalable, and capable of handling DHCP scopes and DHCP leases". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SolarWinds IPAM writes "Easy to set up and manage but should be capable and scalable for cloud environments". Infoblox IPAM is most compared with BlueCat Adaptive DNS, BT Diamond IP, Men&Mice DDI Suite, Device42 and ManageEngine OpUtils, whereas SolarWinds IPAM is most compared with ManageEngine OpUtils, BT Diamond IP, BlueCat Adaptive DNS, Men&Mice DDI Suite and Infoblox Network Insight. See our Infoblox IPAM vs. SolarWinds IPAM report.

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