What Services and Equipment Would Require a Static IP?
FTP servers are useful for establishing a method of transferring files between different employees that are connected to the local network.
Hosting the website for your business on your own server requires the use of a static IP. If you would like control of the configuration of your web server and would like to save money, hosting your own website may be advantageous.
Email can be critical to the productivity of your business. Businesses that manage their own email servers also require a static IP address. A manually configured email server will allow a business to have more control over things such as how sensitive your spam filter is or where incoming email comes from. In addition, hosting email in-house, in many cases, is more private and secure than utilizing a shared server.
Many businesses rely on database servers to house important information such as customer billing data or unique information specific to company products or services. Once again, database servers require a static IP because the node or computer that is requesting information from the database needs to know exactly where the data resides.
Virtual Private Network (VPN Service)
It is common in today’s work environment to have remote employees or workers. This is just one example of why many businesses would need a VPN for remote access to their business network. When a VPN tunnel is created, a specific permanent Internet protocol (IP) address would be required.
Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP)
VOIP systems offer the benefit of lower costs, increased flexibility and more features than a traditional business phone system. Not all VOIP systems require a static IP but many recommend them.
Other Network Equipment
If your business has other network equipment, such as webcams, many of those devices would require a static IP to access them as well.
Since the ISP assigns a fixed IP to your network instead of a dynamic IP, this typically results in a more reliable connection. Through a dynamic host, your IP address changes which could lead to inconsistencies in your connection.
Easier for Geolocation Services
Services that need to establish a physical location are more accurate when you are consistently utilizing the same Internet protocol addresses.
While a static IP many not be critical for every business, many businesses would benefit from utilizing a fixed Internet protocol for the applications or tools that their day-to-day operations require.
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