Every industry has its perfect couples. It’s a combination of two things that work so well together that you would never imagine them in their own individual context. I can’t think of many Hollywood movies where the perfect couple formula is NOT used. Every cop needs a partner, every hero needs a villain and every Fred Astaire needs a Ginger Rogers. Even in the kitchen, we have similar perfect couples. From wine pairings to peanut butter and jelly, we are always bringing together complementary components to enhance our experience.
Technology is no different. Vendors are always looking for ways to integrate best-of-breed, complementary capabilities to benefit their users.
So how does peanut butter and jelly relate to the Domain Name System (DNS)? Well, at Infoblox we have found our own perfect pair. Today, we announced the general availability of a new product offering called Infoblox DNS Traffic Control.
This new product brings DNS-based global server load balancing (GSLB) functionality to our industry-leading commercial-grade DNS appliance. This is a natural pairing because GSLB by its nature uses DNS to return the IP address of the server that is best positioned to respond to the incoming request (what defines “best positioned” could be based upon any combination of server load, availability, geographical location, or based on some pre-defined ratios that you might set). So what better platform than the DNS appliance itself to handle DNS-based load balancing?
The benefits are clear. For one, customers don’t have to purchase a separate box just to handle DNS-based global load balancing. That’s one less box to maintain, configure, and manage on a day-to-day basis. In addition, Infoblox customers who are familiar with our very powerful Grid™ technology and centralized GUI will know that now all DNS, DHCP, IPAM and GSLB functionality can be managed from one user interface.
Many Infoblox customers have been asking for integrated authoritative DNS and GSLB on the same appliance and we are happy to be fulfilling their request.