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Infoblox offers new compliance, analytics tool

Infoblox Reporting and Analytics provides predictive insight and scaling to help increase network uptime and security

Infoblox offers new compliance, analytics tool
Fulton: "Infoblox Reporting and Analytics helps overcome complexity by making networks easier and less expensive to manage and protect."

Infoblox has announced Infoblox Reporting and Analytics, a solution that seeks to unlock the hidden value of core network services data.

In today’s world of increasing network complexity and connected devices, it is imperative for enterprises to have a predictable network infrastructure to stay competitive. Infoblox helps organisations sort through network complexity to find actionable insights that help mitigate security threats, meet compliance requirements, and anticipate future network overloads and failures, the company said.

Infoblox Reporting and Analytics makes it possible to create custom reports and dashboards almost instantly, through a simple point-and-click interface. These reports are not limited to describing what’s already happened—they can also predict the future. Traditional prediction methods perform poorly in anticipating spikes or peaks, which are often the cause of outages or the sign of an attack. Through Infoblox patent-pending Exponential Moving Maximum (EMM) filters, peak forecasting accuracy is improved to provide more valuable insights into network status, resource usage, performance, and more.

Infoblox Reporting and Analytics also offers virtually unlimited data storage through clustering; users can add more physical or virtual Reporting Appliances as needed to increase the length of data retention, improve query performance, and provide high availability. This additional capacity is available on a pay-as-you-go basis through either perpetual or subscription licenses. Capacity can be upgraded at any time, so it’s easy to match the solution to the ever-changing needs of the modern hybrid datacentre.

Infoblox offers solutions in DNS, DHCP, and IP address management, the category known as DDI. Because these services sit at the core of the network, Infoblox can collect the network’s most valuable data from physical and virtual Infoblox Grid members without adding agents or in-line appliances. Infoblox Reporting and Analytics mines this database to ease four networking headaches:

- Capacity planning. Identify when network activity is likely to surge and when network resources are likely to reach full capacity through predictive analytics. For example, administrators of fast-growing networks can get ahead of the curve by setting up forecasts for when they will run out of IP addresses, DNS query capacity, and DHCP leasing capacity.

- Security. Run free-form searches that enable network and security teams to rapidly find the necessary data to understand the who, what, and where of security events, and then drill down to get the details for mitigation and confirmation of results. For example, when you spot an unusual amount of DNS activity, you can quickly discover which devices are responsible and therefore potentially infected.

- Compliance. Generate detailed, customized reports for compliance audits, without slowing down network performance. For example, PCI, NIST 800.53, and HIPAA all require auditing of in-scope devices and networks, as well as monitoring device activity for indicators of compromise. The combination of Infoblox IPAM Extensible Attributes, DHCP, and DNS activity tracking can support these controls with ease.

- Application uptime. Monitor the health of core network services with interactive dashboards and reports to reduce network slowdowns and outages. For example, network administrators can quickly spot network disruptions by watching for sudden spikes or drops in DHCP lease rates.

“I’m excited by the power and flexibility Infoblox Reporting and Analytics can give me to dig into network data that was previously inaccessible,” said Simran Sandhu, manager of network infrastructure at Adobe Systems. “The new features will help distill the signals from the noise and give the flexibility to structure dashboards that provide predictive analytics on the efficiency, security, and future health of our network.”

Infoblox Reporting and Analytics enables users to export its valuable data in a number of open formats—including PDF, CSV, JSON, and XML—for easy distribution or consumption by third-party systems, on demand or at scheduled intervals. This is part of a broad Infoblox commitment to providing an open platform for both sharing and consuming contextual network and security data across the IT ecosystem. For example, Infoblox has recently announced integrations with Cisco ISE and Bit9 + Carbon Black to enhance network security.

To help Infoblox customers learn from each other, a forum in the Infoblox Experts Community will give users of Infoblox Reporting and Analytics an opportunity to share their custom report templates and benefit from each other’s best practices. The Infoblox team will also periodically add new report templates to the forum.

“For most organisations, networks never stop growing and are always becoming more complex,” says Scott Fulton, executive vice president of products at Infoblox. “Infoblox Reporting and Analytics helps overcome this growth and complexity by making networks easier and less expensive to manage and protect.”

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