SOURCE: Infoblox


December 14, 2009 09:00 ET

Enhanced Infoblox Software Sets a New Standard for Automating Core Network Services Infrastructure and Services

Infoblox Release 5.0r1 Includes Major Enhancements and the Only Fully Web-Based User Interface for DNS, DHCP and IPAM (DDI)

SANTA CLARA, CA--(Marketwire - December 14, 2009) - Infoblox Inc. today announced availability of Infoblox NIOS software version 5.0r1 -- a new release that further extends Infoblox's leadership in infrastructure for core network services, including domain name resolution (DNS), IP address assignment (DHCP) and IP Address Management (IPAM) -- or DDI.

DNS, DHCP and IPAM services are mission-critical with availability required 24x7 in any organization. Put simply: without core network services, IP-based networks and applications grind to a halt. Unfortunately, most organizations today continue to leverage manual processes and primitive tools like spreadsheets to manage the various systems for delivering these services. This is highly inefficient, wasting precious IT cycles -- especially when stressed IT staffs are being asked to do more with less -- and often leads to errors, which can compromise network and application availability.

The latest software release includes significant new IPAM capabilities, adds new features for logging and compliance and also includes the industry's most automated solution for DNSSEC. Additionally, the updated Infoblox Grid Manager gives Infoblox the only solution on the market that manages all aspects of the system with a single Web-based graphical user interface (GUI) and does not require the use of client software, command-line tools, root access to appliances or other interfaces to accomplish critical tasks.

Overall, the new NIOS software version 5.0r1, which includes Infoblox's patented Grid technology, consolidates and automates layers of traditionally complex and manual core network services related tasks, saving time, reducing errors and lowering costs.

Enhancements Set New Standard for Automation

The Infoblox Grid Manager is a Web 2.0 application that automates and manages all aspects of the system, including both appliance hardware and software and the core network services and associated data. The GUI manages appliance deployment and configuration, software patches and upgrades, backup and restore, disaster recovery and all tasks associated with maintaining physical and virtual appliances.

Unlike other systems on the market, there is no need to use client software or command line tools or to gain root access to appliances in order to configure protocols or install software patches. This is a major advantage that makes system administration reliable, secure, and consistent with compliance requirements for audit-ability. Additionally, all aspects of data management and reporting -- from creating DNS zones and records to managing network discovery, resolving IP conflicts and allocating subnets -- are wizard driven and intuitive.

The GUI is customizable by role, so that each administrator can have their own "dashboard" that presents them with only the services and data for which they have permission. This enables extensive delegation of management and supports self-service for many common operations like allocating an IP address for a printer or troubleshooting a connectivity problem, providing lower overall costs and better service to end users.

Release 5.0r1 also includes new task scheduling capabilities that allow queuing of management tasks for execution at user designated times. Administrators can allow junior team members to schedule configuration changes and review changes before they are executed. With scheduling, administrators no longer need to be present during off-hour maintenance windows. All administrative actions are extensively logged and contain critical information including which administrator made a change and the specific details of each change. Enhanced audit logging tools make it easy to provide administrative reports for compliance purposes and to track and correct administrative errors.

Finally, Infoblox version 5.0r1 includes completely automated DNSSEC management. Zones are signed with a single command and are re-signed automatically when records are updated. And, keys are generated and distributed automatically. Infoblox provides the only DNSSEC solution with fully automated key management and key rollover. (For more information, see related press release also distributed Dec. 14, 2009: "Infoblox Delivers the Industry's Most Automated DNSSEC Solution.")

Infoblox Vice President of Marketing, Richard Kagan, commented: "Just last month, Infoblox was recognized by Gartner as the DDI market leader and the Infoblox solution was the only system to receive Gartner's highest 'Strong Positive' rating. Infoblox NIOS version 5.0r1 further extends our lead and provides significant benefits to our customers."

Pricing and Availability

The new NIOS software version 5.0r1 will be available Dec. 21, 2009. Pricing for the solution on the Infoblox-250 appliance starts at $2,495 in the U.S. Software upgrades are available free of charge for all current customers with a valid maintenance contract.

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About Infoblox

Infoblox delivers highly reliable and manageable platforms for core network services like domain name resolution (DNS), IP address assignment (DHCP), IP address management (IPAM) and more. Infoblox is ranked by Gartner as the market leader for DNS, DHCP, and IPAM (DDI) solutions and is the only vendor that has earned Gartner's highest "Strong Positive" rating. Infoblox solutions are used by over 3,500 organizations worldwide, including over 130 of the Fortune 500. The company is headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif., and operates in more than 30 countries.

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