SOURCE: Infoblox

April 18, 2008 09:00 ET

Infoblox Attains Gold Certified Partner Status in Microsoft Partner Program

Further Distinctions Include Earning Three Microsoft Competencies

SANTA CLARA, CA--(Marketwire - April 18, 2008) - Infoblox Inc. today announced it has attained Gold Certified Partner status in the Microsoft Partner Program with competencies in Networking Infrastructure Solutions, Advanced Infrastructure Solutions and Security Solutions, recognizing Infoblox's expertise and impact in the technology marketplace. As a Gold Certified Partner, Infoblox has demonstrated expertise with Microsoft technologies and proven ability to meet customers' needs.

Infoblox appliances, which deliver essential core network services -- including domain name resolution (DNS), IP address assignment and management (DHCP/IPAM), user name and password authentication (RADIUS) services, among others -- can be deployed in high availability pairs and linked together using unique Infoblox grid technology to operate as a unified system, providing automation and unparalleled resilience of the services, especially critical for Microsoft Active Directory (AD) infrastructures.

Microsoft Active Directory's dependence on DNS as a core service requires a highly reliable delivery infrastructure for this critical service. Infoblox solutions enhance Microsoft AD environments by providing enterprise-class, highly reliable and easy-to-manage DNS and DHCP infrastructure that integrates seamlessly. Offloading DNS and DHCP services from domain controllers onto Infoblox appliances is easy and improves security, reliability, and availability -- while simplifying and enhancing manageability and reducing operating costs.

And, for enterprises that simply need easy IPAM capabilities for existing Microsoft DNS and DHCP services, Infoblox offers the Infoblox IPAM WinConnect™ system. It is designed to simplify and speed management tasks for Microsoft DNS and DHCP services and improve accountability for security and compliance purposes. The Infoblox IPAM WinConnect application enables IT administrators to replace spreadsheets, manual processes and home-grown solutions for managing their IP address space with a powerful, cost-effective, dedicated tool. Further, no agents are required on existing Microsoft Windows DNS/DHCP servers, ensuring quick and easy deployment.

"Infoblox is pleased to be among an elite group of Microsoft Gold Certified Partners; this achievement demonstrates our commitment to continue working closely with Microsoft to deliver highly valuable core network services infrastructure solutions that complement the full breadth of Microsoft environments," said Richard Kagan, vice president of Marketing at Infoblox. "Microsoft recognizes the value of core network services and effective IPAM systems for their customers, and we are extremely pleased to provide solutions that meet Microsoft customers' needs."

"Customers are looking for partner companies that can bridge the gap between their business demands and technology capabilities," said Allison Watson, vice president of the Worldwide Partner Sales and Marketing Group at Microsoft Corp. "They need to trust in a company that can act as an expert adviser for their long-term strategic technology plans. Microsoft Gold Certified Partners, which have certified expertise and direct training and support from Microsoft, can build a positive customer experience with our technologies. Today, Microsoft recognizes Infoblox as a new Gold Certified Partner for demonstrating its expertise providing customer satisfaction using Microsoft products and technology."

Competencies

As one of the requirements for attaining Gold Certified Partner status, Infoblox had to declare a Microsoft Competency. Microsoft Competencies are designed to help differentiate a partner's capabilities with specific Microsoft technologies to customers looking for a particular type of solution. Each competency has a unique set of requirements and benefits, formulated to accurately represent the specific skills and services that partners bring to the technology industry.

--  Advanced Infrastructure Solutions:  The Advanced Infrastructure
    Solutions Competency is designed for partners with proven expertise in
    designing and/or implementing complex infrastructure solutions such as
    Active Directory®.  Because customers are increasingly asking to do more
    with less, partners with the Advanced Infrastructure Solutions Competency
    can identify their unique skill in helping customers' access management
    solutions, improve operational efficiency and reduce security risks.
    Specializations within the competency are Active Directory and Identity
    Management, Exchange Migration and Deployment, Hosting Solutions, System
    Management and Storage Solutions.
    
--  Networking Infrastructure Solutions:  Microsoft Gold Certified
    Partners enrolled in the Networking Infrastructure Solutions Competency
    have proved their expertise in implementing technology solutions based on
    either the Microsoft Windows Server 2003 or Windows 2000 Server operating
    system, with a particular focus on Microsoft Small Business Server 2000 and
    Windows Small Business Server 2003.  These implementations may include
    crafting solutions that connect Windows-based servers, PC locations and the
    Internet; installing a server farm; or building a small-business Windows
    Server stand-alone solution that includes file and print capabilities.
    
--  Security Solutions:  This Competency is designed to recognize the
    unique skills and requirements of partners specializing in delivering
    security-based solutions.  Microsoft Gold Certified Partners enrolled in
    this competency have proved their skill in advanced security solutions to
    help protect customer information assets by building solutions such as
    security management and operations, security-enhanced wireless VPN and
    perimeter, and identity and access management solutions.  Specializations
    within the competency include Infrastructure Security and Security
    Management.
    

The Microsoft Partner Program was launched in October 2003 and represents Microsoft's ongoing commitment to the success of partners worldwide. The program offers a single, integrated partnering framework that recognizes partner expertise, rewards the total impact that partners have in the technology marketplace, and delivers more value to help partners' businesses be successful.

For more information about Infoblox products, visit: http://www.infoblox.com/products/.

About Infoblox

Infoblox appliances deliver utility-grade core network services, including domain name resolution (DNS), IP address assignment and management (DHCP and IPAM), authentication (RADIUS) and related services. Infoblox solutions, which provide the essential "glue" between networks and applications, are used by over 2,200 organizations worldwide, including over 100 of the Fortune 500. The company is headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif., and operates in more than 30 countries. For more information, call +1.408.625.4200, email info@infoblox.com, or visit www.infoblox.com.

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