SOURCE: Infoblox

January 08, 2007 09:00 ET

World's Leading Beverage Can Maker Standardizes on Infoblox Appliances

Infoblox Solution Delivers Nonstop DNS and DHCP Services Essential for Critical Network Applications and Ensures Reliable "IP-tone" for VoIP

SANTA CLARA, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 8, 2007 -- Infoblox Inc., a developer of essential infrastructure for identity-driven networks (IDNs), today announced that Rexam, one of the world's leading consumer packaging groups and the leading beverage can maker, has selected and deployed Infoblox appliances. Rexam selected Infoblox to deliver nonstop domain name resolution (DNS) and IP address assignment (DHCP) services for its worldwide network, which includes an extensive Cisco-based Voice over IP (VoIP) implementation that is expected to serve more than 8,000 users by the end of 2007.

Domain name resolution and DHCP services are essential to the operation of any advanced IP network. Without reliable delivery of these services, basic network applications like email and web access can be compromised. This is especially true for advanced VoIP networks where "dial-tone"-like reliability of the underlying network services, such as IP address assignment, is critical.

Infoblox purpose-built appliances deliver reliable, scalable, and secure network identity services, including DNS, DHCP, and IP address management (IPAM), file transfer (TFTP) and authentication (RADIUS). The integrated Infoblox approach combines the simplicity of appliances with the power of advanced distributed database technology to effectively achieve availability, manageability, visibility, and control unparalleled by conventional solutions based on legacy technologies.

Rexam's Worldwide Deployment

As a leading manufacturer of packaging products from beverage cans to child-proof medicine bottles, Rexam, which has approximately 22,000 employees and more than 90 manufacturing operations in over 20 countries, relies on its network and several key applications, including SAP and MRP, to keep the plants running and production lines operating smoothly.

Steve Bickmore, manager, Global Directory Services & Security for Rexam, commented, "Our previous DNS solutions were compromising network availability due to reliability and security issues. If our network and MRP application were to go down for more than 30 minutes, there would be a halt in the production line that could seriously impact our business. Infoblox appliances offer unique high-availability, manageability, scalability and security advantages to ensure non-stop DNS service delivery and overall network availability required to keep our business running. This is critical now for DNS and will become even more important for DHCP as we roll out VoIP."

Eight Infoblox devices already are deployed in high-availability pairs across Rexam's four regional data centers that are located in Atlanta, London, Rio de Janeiro and Hong Kong for external and internal DNS and DHCP. Once all the legacy systems are replaced company-wide, Rexam will embark on broad implementation of its Cisco-based VoIP network for which Infoblox appliances will provide the necessary network infrastructure services, including DHCP and TFTP.

All of the services provided by the appliances take advantage of Infoblox's unique ID grid technology that links multiple Infoblox appliances into a unified grid, combining the benefits of nonstop local service delivery with consolidated management and control. This solves a number of key operational challenges and several specific to VoIP applications, such as the distribution of IP phone firmware images and configuration files via TFTP.

Added Bickmore, "In addition to the immediate advantages of the Infoblox approach in terms of easy deployment and management of network identity services, the Infoblox ID grid technology will give us one 'true' company-wide identity database of user and device activity that will help improve network visibility and awareness essential for compliance and security initiatives."

And, with the Infoblox solution, a network operator can simply load Cisco IP phone firmware files once and the grid will automatically distribute the files to appliances at geographically dispersed locations. This saves time, improves service and reduces the errors introduced by the traditional approach, which is for the network operator to set up local TFTP servers, and manage and load the files individually. As a result, the robust Infoblox infrastructure will eliminate significant administrative overhead and costs for Rexam.

Further underscoring the value of Infoblox's approach, appliances running the DNSone package were recently tested and certified to meet the Cisco Technology Developer Program "IP Communications" category requirements. More specifically, the DHCP and TFTP functionality of the Infoblox products were interoperability-tested by a Cisco-recommended third-party testing facility with Cisco-based IP phones (7960/7940 Series) and Cisco Call Manager.

"This certification verifies the compatibility of Infoblox appliances with Cisco VoIP solutions," said Richard Kagan, vice president of Marketing at Infoblox. "And, selection of Infoblox appliances to support Rexam's extensive global network and advanced VoIP application reflects the reliability and scalability advantages customers are realizing by deploying Infoblox appliances to provide the essential DNS, DHCP and TFTP network services."

Infoblox supports features specific to Cisco IP phones that can increase the network operator's ability to manage a Cisco IP Phone application. For instance, Infoblox DHCP supports custom options required for advanced configuration of Cisco IP Phones. Overall, the Infoblox solution helps ensure that the critical DNS, DHCP and TFTP network services will operate nonstop to support 24x7 availability of the network and its advanced IP applications like VoIP.

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About Infoblox

Infoblox develops essential infrastructure used for establishing identity-driven networks (IDNs). Infoblox network identity appliances deliver nonstop DNS, DHCP, IPAM, RADIUS and related services with unparalleled reliability, manageability, scalability and security. Over 1,500 organizations worldwide, including many of the Fortune 500, use Infoblox solutions for the critical naming, authentication, authorization and IP management services that make their networks secure, robust, manageable and compliant. The company is headquartered in Santa Clara, CA and operates in more than 30 countries. For more information, call +1.408.625.4200, email, or visit

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