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Infoblox upgrades NIOS with security, orchestration and reliability features

Infoblox upgrades NIOS with security, orchestration and reliability features

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Infoblox, a leader in Secure Cloud-Managed Network Services, has announced updates to its award-winning Network Identity Operating System (NIOS). This latest release provides customers DoT/DoH support for advanced security, additional cloud integrations and DevOps automation, DDI enhancements and extended service provider capabilities. The update enables organisations to extend visibility, reliability and security across on-premises and cloud networks, which accelerates their workplace transformation. 

For a year now, organisations have expanded their networks into hybrid and multi-cloud environments to enable business operations during the COVID-19 disruptions. NIOS 8.4.8, 8.5.2 and 8.6 gives network administrators the tools they need to manage the complexities of the cloud-first network. This latest NIOS release addresses the challenges by providing:

  • Advanced enterprise security through DoT/DoH support to encrypt communications between a DNS client and its local DNS server. This helps prevent DNS-based attacks and forgeries and blocks encrypted communications to unauthorised external DNS servers. Additionally, FIPS 140-2 Level 2 enhancements provide role-based authentication and anti-tampering safeguards.
  • Increased multi-cloud integrations and more DevOps flexibility and automation for Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, Cisco ISE, ACI, Meraki and Viptela, Red Hat OpenShift and VMWare. Infoblox APIs and templated integrations give DevOps teams the ability to quickly deploy hybrid multi-cloud networks with simplicity, automation and cost savings.
  • Stronger DDI through improved DNS resolution, DNS scavenging, physical and virtual appliance pairings and Anycast configuration. These advancements improve visibility, reliability and performance across an organisation’s hybrid environments. 
  • More service provider capabilities for privacy, security and control. Service providers will be able to leverage DoT/DoH at scale, enforce security policies for virtual DNS Cache Acceleration (vDCA) and enable URL filtering to send only the traffic of the relevant domains to the managed services provider for inspection.

“The network continues to shift cloud-first to accommodate Business Continuity during the COVID-19 adjustments,” said Dave Signori, VP of Product Management at Infoblox. “We’re using our market-leading DDI expertise to help customers securely extend their on-premises networks into cloud environments. In developing these NIOS features, we prioritised customer feedback to deliver what customers need for their workplace transformation journeys.”

Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Centre uses NIOS to scale its DDI services with the property’s physical expansion into the second largest hotel in Florida. Tom Arnold and Nova Mtunga, Network Specialists, said: “Among the main advantages of the Infoblox subscription model are cost savings, flexibility and scalability. Infoblox technology just works so that our team can focus on priority tasks and drive innovation and the best experience for our guests and customers.”

Paddy Power Betfair uses NIOS to handle traffic spikes during sporting events, which has helped the company grow market share in the competitive world of online gaming. “Where our Infoblox solution has really made a positive contribution to the business is, first, in allowing us to accommodate growth – we’ve expanded by leaps and bounds over the past five years – and second, by enabling us to automate key networking operations,” said Gianlorenzo Cipparrone, Deliver Manager for Systems Management.

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