SOURCE: Infoblox


April 20, 2009 09:00 ET

New Infoblox PortIQ™ Appliance Automates Discovery and Management of Network Infrastructure

Saves Capital Expenses, Aids Troubleshooting and Improves Security

SANTA CLARA, CA--(Marketwire - April 20, 2009) - Infoblox Inc. today announced availability of the new Infoblox PortIQ™ appliance, which provides visibility into switch port usage -- essential for network capacity planning, security investigations, and ease of troubleshooting.

Many enterprises today lack visibility into the utilization of their switch ports, including which are in use, which are available, which devices are connected (or were connected) to each port, and more. This lack of real-time and historical visibility results in unnecessary capital purchases, troubleshooting difficulties, and challenges dealing with security incidents -- such as finding and eliminating infected devices on the network.

With the Infoblox PortIQ appliance, network administrators can easily identify the physical port associated with every connected device and get reports on network port utilization. This enables IT departments to get more from their existing assets and make more intelligent switch purchase decisions, saving capital expenses. Additionally, the ability to quickly locate where devices are connected increases security and eases troubleshooting efforts, saving operational costs.

New Infoblox PortIQ Appliance Provides Fast and Accurate Intelligence

The Infoblox PortIQ appliance replaces time consuming and unreliable manual procedures by automatically tracking where devices connect to your network. The Infoblox PortIQ appliance quickly collates and displays information to provide comprehensive insight into what is connected to your network and where. This insight enables network managers to make informed business decisions and reduce operational overhead and port wastage, while enhancing network security.

The Infoblox PortIQ appliance can be operated as a standalone system used to inventory routers and switches, gather port utilization data and provide detailed, easily customized reports on ports in use, activity level and other data. The PortIQ appliance makes it easy to find unused capacity, spot trends, reserve ports for specific projects, detect unauthorized network use, and determine which devices will be impacted by a planned switch upgrade or outage.

When combined with Infoblox core network services appliances and grid technology, the Infoblox PortIQ appliance brings powerful new data into the Infoblox IP address management (IPAM) system. For each IP and MAC address in the Infoblox grid database, the PortIQ appliance provides the associated switch name, switch port, VLAN name, VLAN number, switch status, port speed/duplex, link status, first/last seen times. Armed with this information -- previously a tedious manual effort to gather and collate -- network engineers can quickly associate an IP address with a VLAN and switch to pinpoint trouble spots and resolve problems.

For example, IT departments can quickly cut infected devices off the network when a virus or worm attack occurs and/or remove an unauthorized device from the network when discovered by the Infoblox systems.

Infoblox Vice President of Marketing, Richard Kagan, commented: "In today's demanding economic environment it's especially critical to maximize the utilization of our human and capital assets -- waste is simply not tolerable. The PortIQ appliance reduces waste in several areas, by delaying or eliminating switch purchases and by reducing the time required to resolve network problems and address security incidents. The result is better network operation and uptime with lower costs -- and that means an especially fast payback for enterprises from the PortIQ appliance."

Pricing and Availability

The new Infoblox PortIQ appliance is now available on the Infoblox-1050-A, -1550-A and -1552-A appliance platforms. Pricing for the PortIQ appliance with the IPAM connector for an Infoblox grid, which synchronizes data to the Infoblox IPAM system, starts at $14,845 in the U.S. on the Infoblox-1050-A. Pricing for the PortIQ appliance with the capacity management application (includes the IPAM connector) starts at $32,495 in the U.S. on the Infoblox-1050-A.

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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 solutions -- essential for the move from static networks to dynamic infrastructure and applications -- are used by over 2,700 organizations worldwide, including over 100 of the Fortune 500. The company is headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif., and operates in more than 30 countries.

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