There is an old saying in technology that goes something like, “High performance, low cost or reliability. Pick any two.” It’s an amusing notion with many derivatives, and it comes with some basis in truth.
An ongoing challenge, for people responsible for networks at retail outlets, branch offices and other remote sites, is the balancing between effectiveness, efficiency and reliability. One technology being embraced to solve these challenges is SD-WAN.
SD-WAN offers a host of features that drives down costs, increases resiliency, improves scalability and enhances operational flexibility. There are many things to like about SD-WAN. People regularly ask, when will core DNS, DHCP and IPAM services evolve with benefits similar to SD-WAN?
Great news – BloxOne DDI from Infoblox is doing just that.
Let’s look at three SD-WAN advantages for guidance.
First, consider management efficiency. SD-WAN centralizes management across all sites. BloxOne DDI elevates management to the cloud. This is an industry first. DDI management and provisioning is unified to enable consistent policies and rapid service deployment.
Now let’s look at scalability. SD-WAN breaks the shackles of dedicated circuits in favor of secure internet-based connections. Connections can be added wherever Internet access is available, and usually in a matter of minutes. BloxOne DDI achieves scalability with a purpose-built, lightweight DDI appliance. It hosts DNS and DHCP services and is cloud-managed across tens, hundreds or thousands of sites. The appliance is also cost-optimized for remote sites and it, too, can be installed in minutes.
Lastly, in regard to performance. SD-WAN contributes to overall performance by enabling alternate paths for data traffic. BloxOne DDI improves actual performance by hosting DNS and DHCP at each remote site. There is no backhauling of services to the datacenter where added hops and congestion impede response time. As a bonus, on-site hosting adds a layer of continuity as each site is ensured addresses and records independent of events at the datacenter. In addition, BloxOne DDI improves performance of SaaS-based applications by giving users in remote sites access to the nearest point-of-presence for that application. No more scenic trips around the network world to access email or spreadsheets.
There are many other benefits in BloxOne DDI. If you’re responsible for the success of a few or many remote site networks and want to make DDI an accelerator of success, contact your Infoblox sales rep or reseller. They will be happy to give you more information.