Infoblox: Enabling Automation of Core Network Services for Data Centers

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Infoblox Inc., the network control company that provides Actionable Network Intelligence, has announced new updates to its Network Identity Operating System (NIOS) platform enabling organizations to automate core services and data centers such as Red Hat Ansible in order to rapidly deploy network and security services via the cloud.

Connecting your on-premise NIOS based solutions with Infoblox ActiveTrust® Cloud, a SaaS based DNS security solution, extends protection against the loss of data or the spread of malware for devices everywhere. This native integration eliminates the need for endpoint agents or separate virtual machines to integrate with Infoblox cloud security services, making it a seamless solution for our customers.

Organizations can now take advantage of a hybrid solution for DNS security that:

Leverages on-premises data for easy identification of end hosts associated with security incidents detected in the cloud

Utilizes network context data for better prioritization and faster threat remediation

Enables a unified and complete lifecycle view of device activity both on premise and roaming

“As more organizations look to the cloud to achieve operational efficiency and scale, Infoblox is connecting its network platform for core services directly to the cloud. With these latest enhancements, Infoblox is offering a true hybrid model for security, without having to deploy proxies everywhere or use endpoint agents. The enhancements enable faster response to incidents detected by ActiveTrust® Cloud, through on-premises ecosystem integrations for network wide remediation,” said Kanaiya Vasani, vice president of SaaS and Business Development at Infoblox.

To connect enterprise devices, applications, and services, organizations rely on a range of core network services. These include Domain Name System (DNS), Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP), IP address management (IPAM), Network Time Protocol (NTP), and Trivial File Transfer Protocol (TFTP), among others.

Disruptions to these essential services, in the era of the digital transformation, can carry significant consequences, including losses in productivity, customers, sales, and revenue. If these services are inadequately secured, the company network and data may be at risk from cyberthreats.

Additionally, for organizations that are investing in cloud and embracing data center automation, Red Hat Ansible Automation includes Infoblox NIOS modules that help enable customers to automate additional workflows and management processes. Once automated, organizations can expose Infoblox automations via Ansible Tower for programmatic execution, auditing, and job scheduling.

The Ansible integration automates NIOS administrative tasks, helping to save time and money, while also helping to reduce errors. Managing hosts, virtual machines (VM) and the associated network infrastructure becomes more efficient, effective, and repeatable.

“The Ansible modules for Infoblox enable Ansible users to fully automate the request, assignment, and release of IP addresses and related details via Infoblox, as well as manage DHCP and DNS configurations programmatically,” said Justin Nemmers, general manager of Ansible at Red Hat. “An IT administrator can use an Ansible Playbook to more easily automate administrative tasks that will save time and money while also reducing human errors. Automating hosts, VMs, and core network services is a requirement in the modern world of cloud-enabled organizations and for those transforming traditional datacenter management.”

NIOS is Infoblox’s proprietary system that powers Infoblox solutions to deliver nonstop core network services. A security-hardened, real-time set of physical or virtual appliances built to ensure the non-stop operation of network infrastructure, automate the error-prone and time-consuming manual tasks associated with deploying and managing DNS, DHCP, and IPAM required for continuous IP network availability and business uptime.

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