There are still many manual steps, such as phone calls and emails between IT teams, throughout the life cycle of a virtual machine impeding timely and efficient VM deployment and, ultimately, the expanded deployment of virtual environments and associated benefits. To deliver on the promise of cloud computing’s on demand application availability, tasks need to be automated. Infoblox has launched its Automation Tasks Board tools in the model of a Software-Defined Network to enable IT department members to initiate with the click of a single button multi-step, often-repeated and time-consuming network tasks while providing cross team visibility and auditability. If you want to build a real cloud computing facility, then you need to listen to this podcast.
The formal exhaustion of public IPv4 addresses by the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority in 2011 occurred at a critical turning point in the history of the Internet—namely, at the moment when the typical Internet host is evolving away from the desktop and to the mobile device. As a result, the entire human population is expected to have online access by 2015. Such scale will only be feasible with the abundance of address resources offered by IPv6. As a result, any organization relying on the IT ecosystem enabled by the Internet Protocol—especially those organizations with public-facing content—is at great risk. In the absence of an IPv6 adoption initiative, an organization’s business continuity, business agility and competitive advantage are all endangered. Find out how to mitigate this scenario by downloading this white paper
When asked to identify the No. 1 cause of network performance problems, IT organization typically point to denial-of-service attacks, computer viruses, fiber cuts, power outages and hardware failures-the events that receive the most publicity and media coverage. However, studies by research firms such as Gartner Group and Enterprise Management Associates indicate that over two-thirds of network issues are actually tied to seemingly simple everyday activity: the process of IT staff making network configuration changes. This whitepaper looks at the top 5 common network performance management mistakes and discusses how IT organization can mitigate them via automating network management and giving appropriate visibility to different levels of IT staff.
Having a plan to transition to IPv6 has moved way up in the priority list of IT projects for IT leaders as 2011 was officially the year we ran out of IPv4 unallocated addresses and not having IPv6 could cut-off corporations and applications from accessing the internet. In addition employees en masse are “BYOD” or bring your own device meaning smartphone and tables to work increasing the number of devices on the network significantly. These devices and their applications are driving support of both IPv4 and IPv6 as many mobile devices are now set for IPv6 as the default. As dual stack IP v4/v6 is the best practice, the real challenge lies within the domain name service or DNS. Infloblox has developed a range of solutions to automate the transition to IPv6 by supporting both addressing schemes. Tom Coffeen, Chief IPv6 Evangelist at Infoblox talks about solutions to automate the transition to IPv6. It’s one of our best IPv6 discussions.
Infoblox plug-in for VMware vCenter Orchestrator Automates Network Changes in Virtualized Infrastructure
The Inflobox plug-in module for VMware’s vCenter Orchestrator promises to bridge network and virtual IT team silos by enabling automated assignment of IP addresses to VMs. The Infloblox plug-in enables IP addresses to be automatically assigned to virtual machines in less than a minute and then constantly monitored and managed, which simplifies troubleshooting, accelerates time to value and offers greater flexibility for the virtual team. Steve Garrison, VP Marketing for Infoblox and I discuss the problems of networking in virtualized environments and how Infoblox’s vCenter plug-in solves them.
Organizations of all sizes are transitioning to virtualization technology at a dramatically increasing rate. Conducted between September and December 2010, Gartner’s annual survey of 2,014 CIOs collectively responsible for $160 billion in IT spending in 50 countries across 38 industries found that “Currently, 3% of CIOs have the majority of IT running in the cloud or on SaaS technologies, but over the next four years CIOs expect this number to increase to 43%.” The motivation for adopting the new technology is enticing: increased flexibility, decreased workload for internal IT departments, faster access to on-the-fly infrastructure needs, increased worker productivity, and significant capex cost reductions. Despite this worldwide trend across all industries, most organizations will fail in the conversion process to these new technologies, thanks to complexity. This white paper explains how network automation calms complexity allowing IT business leaders to reap the rewards of dense virtualization deployment.
By all accounts, 2011 is the year that we exhausted all available public IPv4 addresses. It was also the year that the clock started ticking on your adoption of IPv6. Like it or not, the transition to IPv6 will happen in your organization. How that transition should occur is a question we sought to answer as we spoke with engineers and IT professionals who have deployed IPv6 from across the globe. In those conversations and in our research, we discerned a rational action plan for deploying IPv6 and specific threats and challenges any practitioner will face when rolling out the new addressing scheme. In this white paper, we detail best practices for IPv6 deployment.
As IT operations become more complex, it steals productivity. Unchecked complexity slows down new applications from being deployed or virtualized, elongates troubleshooting, stresses operational staff, creates compliance vulnerabilities and shrinks IT operational budgets. All IT departments seek to manage this complexity inflation before it impacts business processes. One of the largest drivers of complexity inflation is the growing rate of “IP addresses and network change management requirements.” The fact is that IT business leaders must deploy dynamic IT solutions to enable their businesses to support flexible business processes to address market dynamics. Without automated tools to facilities change management, complexity inflation simply eats up IT operations. In this Lippis Report podcast, I talk with Steve Garrison, Vice President, Marketing for Infoblox, about solutions to tame complexity inflation with automated IP address management and network change management.