Complexity bedevils security. Imagine the security challenge of a global conglomerate that is a leader in a number of vital industries. Now imagine that it’s moving 80 percent of its computing resources into the cloud. Think that’s tough? Yes, but now envision it on the verge of expanding into the unexplored territory of the Internet of Things (IoT). That’s complexity. That’s a challenge.
For example, one of our customers who will go unnamed here says that a conglomerate this big, this broad, and this innovative can’t afford to fail. Its massive IP address infrastructure spans both in-house and outsourced networks, and soon it will have IPv4 and IPv6 running together. It will need core network services that can respond to both. It will need security so it does not allow threats a possible entry point into the core network. A single slip and the entire business case for IoT goes upside down.
That’s why, for the last seven years, this conglomerate has used the Infoblox DNS, DHCP, and IP address management (DDI) solution that controls and protects the company’s vast web of networks, along with the Infoblox Threat Adapt™ technology to automatically update its defense against new and evolving threats, along with Infoblox Reporting and Infoblox NetMRI to monitor and manage network assets.
And that’s why the conglomerate is confident in its ability to tackle IoT. “IoT is going to be the future,” says one of its DNS architects. “It’s going to be in everything you do. We already collect data on engines, turbines in power plants, healthcare machines. All that data is being collected, and we need DNS to make sure it’s getting to the right places. We need secure DNS to make sure it isn’t being hacked.”
With Infoblox, adding new intelligent devices isn’t a headache. “We couldn’t function without our Infoblox Grid™,” says the DNS architect. “The ability to upgrade hundreds of boxes within an hour—and not have to worry about whether they will work when they come back up—is critical to us. The Infoblox Grid is so well designed, we don’t even have worry about what order to go in. Services are not affected. We’ve had the Grid for four years, and it has not gone down once.”
He sums it all up this way: “DNS is the air our network breathes, and when it goes away, the network can die in a heartbeat—even if the servers, switches, routers, and circuits are all working. Infoblox keeps us breathing.” That is so profound and so true. Thank you for the opportunity!
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