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Infoblox updates Network Insight solution

Includes real-time control elements to unified management tool

Infoblox updates Network Insight solution
Fulton: Enterprise networks today are full of blind spots that slow down day-to-day work and increase operating expenses.

Network management company, Infoblox, has announced enhancements to its Network Insight solution.

Network data traditionally resides in multiple silos managed by various teams. One silo tracks network devices such as routers, switches, firewalls, and load balancers, often on outdated spreadsheets, according to Infoblox. Another silo has information on connected endpoint devices such as PCs, smart phones, and tablets. Yet another silo tracks configuration of the Domain Name System (DNS), Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP), and IP address allocations and history.  Infoblox argues that this arrangement prevents network admin teams from having a "shared, big-picture view" of network activity and performance in real time.

Infoblox Network Insight, introduced in January 2014, is designed to bring the silos together in a "single authoritative IP address management (IPAM) database". The database allows network engineers to automatically gather a range of information, analyse it, and in the latest version, take action in real time through a single point of control.

Network Insight includes automated discovery of devices and infrastructure elements; Switch-port control; a unified source of network data, including IP address history, and DNS and DHCP information; and enhanced security.

"Enterprise networks today are full of blind spots that slow down day-to-day work and increase operating expenses," said Scott Fulton, executive vice president of products at Infoblox.

"One network manager told us it is sometimes easier for him to buy a new switch than figure out what ports are available on current switches. Another manager described days of work by multiple teams to fix network outages in multiple branch offices, which turned out to be caused by a well-intentioned employee who had installed a home router without permission. These examples show the benefit of Infoblox Network Insight in overcoming the lack of visibility that prevents IT teams from fully controlling and securing their networks."

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