Introducing Static IP Anywhere

The disaggregation of IP address from ISPs provides us with an opportunity to simplify network management, centralizing management and expanding our connectivity options. Static IP Anywhere provides us with simplified management, increased control, reduced complexity and costs and higher availability.



In an ever-evolving digital world, the demand for stable and reliable internet connectivity continues to rise. Businesses and home networks often need to employ static IP addresses for stability, ease of remote access or for access control.

The traditional way to obtain and manage static IP addresses is challenging, can be expensive and highly dependent on the connectivity providers available.

We spent some time re-imaging how we could use our technology to fulfill the needs of Static IP addresses and bypass the traditional needs. The end result, the ability to deliver static IP addresses to any connection, allowing a much broader set of connectivity options and avoiding needs such as BGP.

The Desires

What Are Static IP Addresses and Why do I Need One?

Static IP addresses, as the name suggests, are constant. Unlike dynamic IP addresses, which are temporary and change over time, static IP addresses are fixed, providing a consistent point of contact for devices over the internet. Businesses and home networks might employ static IPs for their stability and easy remote access.

Static IP addresses are useful in a variety of ways, including remote access, running various internet facing servers, and to more simply manage networks. There are many security and compliance frameworks, such as the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standard (DSS), that require the deployment of static IP addresses throughout IT environments to allow devices such as firewalls, intrusion detection,  and intrusion prevention devices to do their job on a known range of IPs. There are many audio, video, surveillance, and building management systems that require static IP addresses.

While Static IPs are necessary, obtaining and operating Static IP's is fraught with challenges.

Challenges of Traditional Static IP Provisioning

  • Limited Supply and High Costs: Static IP addresses are not infinite. Their limited supply often results in high costs, complex procurement processes, and strict allocation policies by Internet Service Providers (ISPs).
  • Lack of Portability: If you change your service provider, you can't usually take your static IP address with you. This limitation can cause significant disruptions, especially for businesses that rely on maintaining the same IP address for various services.
  • Incompatibility with Mobile, LTE, 5G, and Satellite Networks: These networks provide great backup options for regular terrestrial ISPs. However, they do not traditionally offer static IP addresses, making them unsuitable for applications that require static IPs.
  • Failing Over Between ISPs and The Challenge of Session Persistence: If your network doesn't have a static IP address, transitioning between ISPs can disrupt ongoing transactions or communications, resulting in disrupted services, incomplete transactions, and unsatisfied users.

How Big Network makes Static IPs accessible, portable

The concept of disaggregating IP addresses from ISPs is a revolutionary idea. It involves separating the provision of static IP addresses from the internet access service provided by ISPs. This approach allows for greater flexibility and adaptability, as users can have a consistent static IP address regardless of their internet connection or location.

The key technology enabling this shift is known as overlay networking.

Overlay Networking

Overlay networking, also known as tunneling, creates an abstraction layer over existing physical networks. It allows for the creation of virtual networks that can span across physical network boundaries.

These virtual networks encapsulate network packets within a transport protocol, effectively "tunneling" data over the existing network infrastructure. This technology enables the separation of IP address management from the physical infrastructure provided by ISPs, facilitating a more versatile and dynamic approach to network management.

Overlay networks are not new (they're used in the datacenter environment extensively), but they have not reached the ISP yet, and there are business reasons which prevent it's adoption:

  • Revenue: Static IP addresses are sticky revenue for ISPs. Once you configure static IPs into your systems, you are now bound to the ISP, almost forever. Trust us, ISPs don’t want to give this money up. 
  • Freedom of Backup Choices: If your Static IP addresses are disaggregated from your ISP, then it makes it much easier to change ISPs and bring in backup services from other ISPs.
  • Network Complexity: Introducing an overlay network to the network adds complexity that an ISP may not want to adopt. Any overlay of any kind requires continuous monitoring to ensure performance isn't degraded, and troubleshooting can be more complex compared to traditional networks due to the added overlay layer.

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