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May 14, 2010

Infoblox's Ness Explains Network Automation Advantages

By David Sims, TMCnet Contributing Editor


Recently TMC's (News - Alert) Group Editorial Director, Erik Linask, had a chance to visit Las Vegas, win his mortgage payments for the upcoming year and talk with Infoblox's (News - Alert) Greg Ness, VP of Marketing.


The company automates network infrastructures, Ness said. "Generally when people think of infrastructure, they think of switches and routers, which every three to five years goes to a refresh. What we automate is the core network services of that infrastructure."

 

Ness noted that the great irony is that while networks were out automating business services, "the very way that the networks were managed, at the core infrastructure, hasn't fundamentally changed for decades. So while network engineers, network pros helped to build supply chains, real-time manufacturing, they're managing the networks the same way they did decades ago."

Infoblox "is about boosting the availability of networks, decreasing the cost, increasing the flexibility," at a time when management costs are rising.

As networks get larger and more complex, he said, the cost of managing each individual unit gets larger. "We're all about reducing that cost," he said, and "increasing the availability of the network by reducing errors," and allowing the network pros to manage larger networks. "We look at the IP address space."

 Earlier this month TMC had the news that Infoblox announced it had acquired Netcordia (News - Alert), an independent provider of Network  Change and Configuration Management products. The acquisition, with undisclosed financial terms, includes complete assumption of Netcordia employees, assets and products.

The Netcordia acquisition will allow Infoblox to extend its role in DNS, DHCP and IPAM automation into change and configuration management, company officials said at the time, explaining that "it will help enterprise customers automate a greater share of manual network-related tasks and procedures, reducing operating expenses while preparing them for the broad adoption of virtualization and cloud computing in the enterprise.

Robert Thomas, President and CEO of Infoblox , said the acquisition would "be invaluable to positioning Infoblox for continued success as a leading provider of both DDI and NCCM."


David Sims is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of David's articles, please visit his columnist page . He also blogs for TMCnet here .

Edited by Kelly McGuire


 
 
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