Network Identity Infrastructure (NII)
Infoblox develops products used to build nonstop Network Identity Infrastructure (NII). NII is the essential set of systems that store and deliver information about users, devices, and policies to networked devices and applications. Specifically, core NII services include:
- DNS (Domain Name System) – The “network phone book” that maps Internet names (such as yahoo.com) to IP addresses (such as 188.8.131.52)
- DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol) – A service that automatically provides temporary IP addresses to computing devices as they attempt to connect to a network.
- RADIUS (Remote Access Dial-in User Service) – A security protocol that provides authentication, authorization, and accounting (AAA) services to control who can access a network.
- LDAP (Lightweight Directory Access Protocol) – A database of user credentials and policies that determineswhat users can do on the network. LDAP is also a protocol for accessing that database.
Automated Network Change and Configuration Management
Infoblox acquired NetMRI® in 2010. The acquisition made Infoblox also experts in Automated Network Change and Configuration Management.
NetMRI is a network management product focused on network change and configuration management (NCCM). It enables you to automate network change, see the impact of changes on network health, manage network configurations and meet a variety of compliance requirements. Offering physical and virtual appliance deployment options, NetMRI audits multi-vendor infrastructures, identifies anomalies early, speeds resolution and automates network changes, allowing you to do the following:
- Determine how change impacts both network health and compliance
- Maintain a predictable and consistent network with embedded best practices and proactive monitoring
- Increase staff efficiency via automation, problem isolation and improved remediation options
- Put a stop to user complaints and network issues
- With a single click, generate reports to check your adherence to PCI DSS, SOX and other regulatory compliance mandates as well as to internal policies
Instead of manually pushing and logging changes, like some network administration software, you can use NetMRI to automate network data collection, analysis and reporting of network infrastructure devices to greatly improve the efficiency and predictability of your network.