SOURCE: Infoblox

July 11, 2005 09:00 ET

Infoblox DNS Expert Cricket Liu Featured at Burton Group's Twelfth Annual Catalyst Conference

Talk Highlights Legacy DNS Shortcomings and Provides Best Practices for a Next-Generation Architecture Designed to Effectively Support Advanced IP Networks

SUNNYVALE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- July 11, 2005 -- Infoblox Inc. today announced that Cricket Liu, vice president of architecture for the company and author of O'Reilly & Associates' best-selling series of books on the Domain Name System (DNS), will present in the Identity and Privacy Strategies track at Burton Group's twelfth annual Catalyst Conference North America, San Diego, Calif., July 13-15, 2005.

Domain name resolution and IP address assignment services are essential to the operation of any IP network today. Unfortunately, legacy approaches to delivering these services -- typically general purpose server and operating system-based solutions -- fall short in providing the necessary reliability, manageability, scalability and security to support today's advanced IP networks and applications, such as Voice over IP (VoIP) and wireless.

In his presentation, titled: "Building a Next-generation DNS Architecture" and held at 10:40 a.m., Thursday, July 14, Liu will discuss these issues in detail and illustrate best practices for deploying an effective network identity infrastructure (NII), the essential set of systems that store and deliver information about users, devices, and policies to networked devices and applications. Following this next-generation approach can help enterprises benefit from nonstop domain name resolution and IP address assignment services, while minimizing management overhead and security vulnerabilities that can leave networks susceptible to a range of DNS attacks, including pharming and denial of service.

"This presentation is designed to expose the security risks, as well as manageability and scalability challenges, associated with using legacy DNS applications on general purpose servers and operating systems," said Liu. "We hope that by providing industry best-practice design guidelines, we can enable enterprise IT managers and network administrators to deliver more reliable, manageable, scalable and secure DNS services essential to operating advanced IP networks and applications."

Burton Group Catalyst Conference North America 2005 will include thought-provoking discussions from Burton Group analysts and consultants, strategies from vendors, and case studies from global enterprises, focusing on helping end-users leverage existing and emerging infrastructure technologies more effectively. It will feature four conference tracks: Application Platform Strategies; Identity and Privacy Strategies; Network and Telecom Strategies; and Security and Risk Management Strategies. On the final day, the four tracks will converge into two cross-cutting concern sessions that will provide a holistic view of two of the biggest issues facing enterprise IT architects: application and network security. For more information about the conference, visit: www.burtongroup.com.

About Infoblox

Infoblox develops network identity infrastructure (NII) products: the systems that store and deliver information about users, devices, and policies to networked devices and applications. NII services -- required to operate advanced IP networks and applications -- provide IP addresses to network devices (DHCP), map IP addresses to device names (DNS), verify user identity (RADIUS), and define what users and devices are allowed to do (LDAP). With unparalleled reliability, manageability, scalability and security, Infoblox appliance solutions help organizations deliver these services nonstop. The company operates in more than 30 countries and has over 500 customers, many of them Fortune 500 companies. For more information, call +1.408.716.4300, email info@infoblox.com, or visit www.infoblox.com.

About Burton Group

Burton Group (www.burtongroup.com) is the only enterprise IT research and advisory services firm focused exclusively on offering in-depth analysis of infrastructure technologies. Burton Group's unbiased research and advice helps technologists make smarter enterprise architecture decisions in increasingly complex environments.

Burton Group research and consulting services focus exclusively on infrastructure technologies relating to security, identity management, application platforms, and networks. Burton Group is an unbiased advocate for the enterprise technologist. This commitment is reflected in the fact that more than 80% of Burton Group's clients are enterprise organizations rather than product vendors, or service organizations. These companies span key market sectors including aerospace, automotive, financial services, education, energy, government, healthcare, insurance, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, and retail.

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