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Today, the network is the business—but most organizations struggle to gain control in today’s highly dynamic technology environment. Too many networks are fragile, composed of single points of failure and highly vulnerability to attacks, and they must be managed manually at the cost of significant human effort. All of these factors conspire to increase cost and risk and reduce business agility. But what if you could take a network like this, and by introducing a few key technologies make a significant improvement in your ability to manage it? What benefits would you expect?

There are several answers. You could:

  • Cut operational expenses
  • Reduce the risk of cyber threats
  • Get detailed visibility into what’s happening on your network
  • Deliver actionable information to IT and business decision makers
  • Scale your network as your business grows
  • Establish compliance to your internal standards & external regulations

Is it possible? Yes.

Infoblox have solutions that can deliver big benefits to your business. Infoblox supply essential network control functions to businesses ranging from aerospace and defense to retail to finance to telecommunications—solutions that help them compete and excel in a today’s highly connected world. So we’d like to ask you to take a few minutes to read in more detail about the opportunities new technology trends present, the kind of network control you need to exploit them fully, and the ways in which Infoblox can put network control in your hands.

6 Trends You Can’t Ignore

Your business is looking at a wave of social and technological forces that can propel it forward to success—if your network team can harness, control, and direct them.

Mobile Device Explosion

The use of mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets is both a technological and social revolution. For the first time, in 2012, more tablets and smartphones were purchased than personal computers, and thanks to the bring your own device (BYOD) trend, it is now more commonly acceptable for business employees to use their personal mobile devices for work purposes.

These devices consume data-intensive rich media such as video, web, and social media and present a variety of security and performance challenges for network teams. More than half of IT organizations now support BYOD policies in their organizations, and that number will grow quickly.

Cloud and Virtualization

Cloud services and virtualization are closely related megatrends. Effective cloud delivery, whether provided by a third party or managed internally, depends on virtualization to yield its full benefits. Together, they offer major improvements in economy and efficiency. They also add complexity to network management.

Because of the potential benefits, virtualized applications account for more than 50 percent of server workloads today. New virtual machines are being created at the rate of one every 6 – 8 seconds, and all of them require IP addresses.

As for cloud, 60 percent of all enterprises have some sort of cloud adoption, 52 percent of organizations we surveyed in 2012 had deployed private clouds, 36 percent of those were running tier-1 applications, and 11 percent more were planning to deploy private cloud in the next 6 months.

Consolidation

Consolidation is a major trend in the modernization and restructuring of enterprise IT infrastructures. It simplifies management and reduces overhead. But it also brings massive changes to IT network topologies. Companies that are reimagining their networks must consider how they’re going to control them in a way that will propel them forward. New architectures are ushering in new networking paradigms like Software Defined Networking (SDN).

Software-Defined Networking

SDN is a networking trend still in its infancy—but has the potential to have the most profound and disruptive impact on how we design, build, and run networks in the foreseeable future. SDN’s key idea is to de-couple the network control plane from the data plane and introduce the notion of network programmability and virtualization—with the goal of dramatically driving up agility and flexibility and driving down costs associated with proprietary networking gear.

IPv6

Version 6 of the Internet Protocol (IPv6) has been a nice-to-have for more than a decade. As the supply of IPv4 addresses rapidly depletes, transition to IPv6 is now all but essential. New technologies are fueling a dramatic increase in network IP endpoints. Analysts estimate between 30 – 50 percent compound annual growth rate in the machine-to-machine network, which will have a massive impact on IP address demand, connecting everything in a diverse range of devices like HVAC systems, highway sensors, or patient-monitoring equipment.

Unlike IPv4, traditional manual IP address management won’t be sufficient for IPv6, which is made up of 32 hex digits and not easily readable by humans. Automation is the only way to ensure error-free IPv6 management.

Rapidly Changing Cyber-Threat Landscape

The volume of major data breaches is on the rise, and every new threat has the potential to compromise millions upon millions of records. Most breaches are driven by new generations of malware that creep onto the network undeterred by traditional firewalls. Left undetected and unchecked, malware can fester for months—until it’s too late to limit its spread. In the era of zero-day attacks, advanced persistent threats, and new threat vectors, your network needs a security approach that combats malware at its core, finding and disabling it in a robust, timely, and proactive manner—before it wreaks havoc on your network.

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Secure DNS

More Security, Less Risk

It’s critical that the technology you deploy for network control provides maximum protection and offers minimum attack surface. Infoblox clearly differentiates from other vendors from a security perspective.

From our highly secure hardware form factor, to our hardened OS, to the variety of security features in our applications—no other network control vendor focuses more on security than Infoblox.

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Advanced DNS Protection

Defense against exploits, volumetric and DNS hijacking attacks, and more

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DNS Firewall

Proactive, tunable, timely protection against DNS-exploiting malware

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DNS Firewall – FireEye Adapter

Proactive detection and remediation of APT malware

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Build Bulletproof, Scalable and Efficient Networks

The Network Services and Management family of products enable companies to manage, control, and optimize DNS, DHCP, and other services. The product family leverages existing investments, paves the way to the cloud, and ensures network services uptime.

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Infoblox DDI

Secure, scalable, bulletproof services for DNS, DHCP, and IPAM

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DNS Traffic Control

Direct web traffic efficiently based on server availability, location, latency, or status

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Network Insight

A comprehensive, authoritative database for visibility, efficiency, and control

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IPAM for Microsoft

Get the Most Out of Your Microsoft Investment

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IPAM Express

Centralized IPAM control and role-based administration from a single interface

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Infoblox Reporting

Pre-built reports for trouble-free administration and effective monitoring

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Load Balancer Manager

Central management of DNS infrastructure from a single pane of glass

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Infoblox Grid

Five-nines availability, centralized management, and automation of mundane tasks

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Automate Network Services for Cloud

Private clouds are rapidly gaining traction because they enable agile and scalable delivery of IT services. Private clouds need automated and scalable core network services to rapidly add and remove applications and services, easily shift workloads across sites, run workloads in multi-tenant architectures and make the underlying networks resilient to failures.

Infoblox solutions for cloud provide automated core network services for virtual machines in the datacenter to improve IT agility, enable faster time to service, and reduce operating costs.

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Cloud Network Automation

Organize and manage IPAM, DNS, and DHCP data by VM and tenant

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IPAM for VMware

Automated IP address assignment for VMware

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OpenStack Adapter

Automated IPAM for OpenStack (Red Hat OpenStack 5)

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IPAM for Microsoft System Center Orchestrator

Automated IPAM for Microsoft private cloud

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Reduce Risk of Downtime and Empower Staff

In addition to core network services (DDI) solutions – Infoblox also offers a complementary, powerful network automation platform which enables discovery, switch port management, network change configuration and compliance management for multi-vendor network devices.

Automation cuts down administrator workload and reduces risk of network outages due to improper configurations or changes.

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Infoblox NetMRI

Reduce risk of downtime and lower administrator workload

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Automation Change Manager

Increase network availability and staff efficiency