Infoblox | IB-550-A-GRID-UPG | Datasheet | Infoblox IB 1552-A Grid Upgrade for NS1

NS1 with Grid™ Package
NS1 with Grid Advantages
• Resilient operation against the
failure of individual appliances
• Easy disaster recovery with
no data corruption, errors, or
loss to ensure core network
services availability
Features and Benefits
The NS1 with Grid package delivers reliable, manageable, scalable, and secure core
network services at a lower cost and with higher security than server-software and with
greater network availability than any other solution. The services included in the NS1
with Grid package are:
• Simplified and unified
management of devices and
data with real-time, secure,
system-wide data updates
Naming services via Domain Name System (DNS);
Addressing services via Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP);
Network visibility and control via IP address management (IPAM);
• Intelligent auto-provisioning
for easy pre-staging and
auto-recovery of devices for
effortless upgrades
File delivery services via Trivial File Transfer Protocol (FTP, HTTP, TFTP);
Time synchronization services via Network Time Protocol (NTP).
• Combined management
views and automation of tasks
through integration of DNS and
DHCP services
• Industry-standard DNS
services using the latest BIND
• One-button software upgrades
that make it easy to add new
features and to remain secure
• High availability with fast
network failover and database
synchronization via bloxHA™ and bloxSYNC™ technology
• Enhanced security with
DNS attack detection and
mitigation features
• Secure management using
SSL-based VPN that works from
anywhere, through any firewall
• Infoblox Views—an enhanced
version of BIND Views—that
provides virtual DNS services
and allows a single Infoblox
appliance to respond differently
to DNS queries based on the
source of the query
• Built-in FTP, HTTP, and TFTP
server for distributing firmware
and configuration files to
network devices, such as VoIP
phones and wireless access
points, during the booting
(start-up) process.
NS1 with Grid software package is available on all Infoblox appliance platforms.
Scalable, Integrated Management
The NS1 with Grid package also includes the Grid upgrade which provides patented
Infoblox technology for linking distributed appliances into a unified Grid. The
embedded databases in all Infoblox appliances within a Grid are intelligently
interconnected so that they share a common, real-time view of host names, IP leases,
and other network services data. The Infoblox Grid uses secure communication
among appliances and also uses sophisticated database technology to maintain data
integrity. This ensures that all appliances in the Grid have the right data and that the
Grid continues to deliver services without data loss or corruption in the face of a wide
range of device or WAN failures. Infoblox Grid technology also supports intelligent data
replication to minimize the use of bandwidth in the Grid and to enable “right-sized”
appliances to be deployed at each location.
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NS1 with Grid™ Package
The flexible Infoblox Grid Manager user interface provides the visibility and control
needed to manage all core network services in dynamic IP networks. The Grid Manager
consolidates the management of all appliances, services, and data—and provides
summary and drill-down views with a simple click. Granular, role-based management
capabilities enable administrators to delegate specific networks, ranges, hosts, and
devices to junior or departmental personnel. The Infoblox Grid Manager makes it
easy to cope with fast-changing networks, and because all data reside in the Infoblox
appliance database, the status of devices and services within the Grid Manager always
reflects the actual, real-time state of the network.
Manage appliances, services, and data using the Infoblox Grid Manager across
any architecture or geographic distribution.
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Additional Benefits Include
High-availability Services: The NS1 with Grid package runs on the reliable Infoblox
appliance platform, which is designed for nonstop operation in high-performance
networks. High-availability (HA) services are supported by bloxHA™ technology—
which uses industry-standard Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol (VRRP) for sub
5-second network failover—and bloxSYNC™ technology to ensure real-time database
synchronization with no loss or duplication of data.
Integrated, Zero-admin Database: The NS1 with Grid package stores all DNS and DHCP
data in the integrated bloxSDB™ database, which is built into the Infoblox NIOS™
operating system software provided on all Infoblox appliances. The bloxSDB database
is designed specifically to support integrated core network services and provides
unmatched consistency between service and management views of IP-address-centric
network services data without compromising performance.
Integrated Web GUI: The Infoblox Web GUI allows administrators to deploy and manage
the entire DNS, DHCP and IPAM infrastructure with just a few mouse clicks. The
powerful, Web-based Infoblox GUI is the only solution that manages all aspects of the
infrastructure and data—including software updates and upgrades, backup and restore,
disaster recovery and all services and data management—without resorting to client
based or command-line interfaces. The Infoblox Web UI manages all aspects of the
product including DNS, DNSSEC, DHCP, IPAM and Grid management, monitoring and
reporting. Wizards and visual tools are available to make configuration and monitoring
Integrated Management: The NS1 with Grid package provides practical operational
efficiencies that lower total cost of ownership. For example, creating a DHCP range
automatically creates an associated DNS record, reducing the number of tasks required
of network administrators.
Granular, Role-based Administration: Role-based administration is a powerful way
to ensure that administrators are only given access to view and modify specific core
network services attributes consistent with their organizational and functional role. For
example, this means that a senior DNS administrator could have the ability to define
new domains and add new appliances to a Grid, while a help desk administrator might
only have the ability to view specific subnets and issue IP addresses to new devices by
picking from a pre-defined list. Infoblox has created a very scalable, yet very granular
role-based administration framework. The framework provides customers the ability
to delegate administration down to the object level and yet maintain permissions for a
large, complex administration model. Some specifics include:
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Easy workflow to manage permissions. The administrator can quickly set
permissions by right-clicking on any object to bring up a list of permissions. This
is much easier than having to switch to a separate administration panel. It also
provides a comprehensive list of which permissions have been granted to each
administration group.
Administration is also eased through the use of roles. Roles can be mapped to
an organization or job (e.g., Printer Admins, DNS Admins) and then roles can
be assigned to administrative groups. This abstraction model allows a set of
permissions to be defined once any changes to the role are inherited by all groups
that are associated with it.
Hardened Security: The Infoblox NIOSTM software is hardened and consistently
withstands security scans and attacks within the most demanding government and
military organizations. DNS and DHCP services can be upgraded easily to support the
latest versions of BIND and DHCP, ensuring minimum exposure to security threats. In
the event that a new exploit is discovered, the underlying Infoblox NIOS software can be
upgraded in minutes via a single, simple operation. This makes it much more difficult
to penetrate than general-purpose operating systems with known vulnerabilities.
Management communication is secured using Secure Sockets Layer (SSL)-encrypted
VPNs for protection against management compromise.
DNS Attack Detection and Mitigation: Infoblox provides the ability to detect, alert and
mitigate any attacks against members that are configured as recursive DNS servers.
The NIOS software will monitor two key parameters that are indicators of an attack:
mis-matched DNS message IDs and mis-matched UDP ports on DNS responses. This
happens when an attacker is guessing on those parameters to “spoof” a response with
the poisoned data. The administrator can set a threshold for both parameters and when
either is exceeded the system will send an email alert and/or SNMP trap (whichever is
configured for the system). This feature will give administrators an early warning that
one of their servers is under attack.
In addition, Infoblox NIOS allows attack mitigation by implementing query rate-limiting.
The administrator can implement a filter on a specific IP or network to limit or stop all
traffic. This will slow down or stop the attack, the success of which is based on the
attacker’s ability to try as many response “guesses” as possible before the legitimate
DNS server can respond.
One-Click DNSSEC: Infoblox has a “one-click DNSSEC” solution that automates the
processes of signing and maintaining a signed zone. This eliminates dozens of errorprone, manual operations and eliminates the need to write and maintain custom
scripts. Key generation is performed automatically using DNSSEC properties specified
at the Grid or zone level; resource record signatures are maintained; and, zone
signing key rollover occurs seamlessly and automatically according to best practices
recommended by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST-800-81) and
RFC 4641 standards.
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NS1 with Grid™ Package
Nonstop Infrastructure for Critical Network Solutions
Infoblox network services appliances include a range of special capabilities that serve
key network applications:
Voice over IP
Users demand dial-tone reliability for voice communications. To deliver this level
of reliability in an IP environment requires a nonstop DHCP service for assigning IP
addresses to voice-over-IP handsets and IP soft phones, as well as file delivery services
for providing updated phone firmware and configurations. The NS1 package delivers a
combination of features that provides an easy-to-manage, high-availability solution for
IP voice applications:
High-availability DHCP
Infoblox supports industry-standard DHCP failover that works across distributed WANs.
In addition, pairs of Infoblox appliances can be easily configured in “HA mode” to
provide fast failover and real-time data synchronization without requiring inefficient
allocation of IP addresses.
Built-in TFTP, FTP, and HTTP
Historically, TFTP has been provided by stand-alone servers managed individually at
each location with no centralized control and no high-availability capabilities. The NS1
package extends the benefits of network services appliances to managing IP telephony
by providing a reliable, easy-to-manage TFTP service. Firmware and configuration files
are uploaded to the appliance and served to IP phones when they boot up. Added
reliability, expected in a telephony environment, can be provided using an HA pair of
appliances to provide reliable TFTP services.
Reliable DNS Infrastructure for Microsoft Active Directory (AD)
Infoblox is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner and the
Infoblox NS1 package includes special support for easy
integration into Microsoft AD environments. This enables
enterprises to ensure that the critical DNS services needed
for their Microsoft and non-Microsoft applications are
always available and secure.
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Performance and Capacity Specifications
DNS Queries per Second
DHCP Leases per Second
DNS Technical Specifications
DHCP Technical Specifications
RFCs Supported
RFCs Supported
RFCs 3046, 2131 and 1531
BOOTP, RFCs 1534, 2132, and RFC 4388
Protocol Engine
• VLSM (Variable Length Subnet Mask)
• CIDR (Classless Inter-Domain Routing)
• Multiple subnets per segment (supernetting)
• “Static leases” based on MAC address
(manual allocation)
• MAC-address-based filtering
• Address availability checking before
• DHCP relay agent/Option 82 support
• DHCP Vendor Class Identifier/Option
60 support
• Secure DHCP-DNS integration updates
DNS when leases are issued
• Advanced DHCP Options Editor
• Windows, Unix, and Mac OS compatibility
• External syslog server support
1034 and 1035
Dynamic update, RFC 2136
Incremental zone transfer, RFC 1995
Notification of zone changes, RFC 1996
Secret key transaction authentication (TSIG),
RFC 2845
Classless IN-ADDR.ARPA delegation, RFC 2317
Protocol Engine
BIND 9.6.1
Secure dynamic DNS updates using TSIG
Conditional forwarding
Microsoft Active Directory support
Infoblox Views
IP-address-based access lists on queries,
zone transfers, and dynamic updates
• Zone import tools
• Customizable TTL settings
Infoblox Product Warranty and Services
The standard hardware warranty is for a period of one year. The system software has a 90-day warranty that will meet published specifications.
Optional service products are also available that extend the hardware and software warranty. These products are recommended to ensure
the appliance is kept updated with the latest software enhancements and to ensure the security and availability of the system. Professional
services and training courses are also available from Infoblox. Information in this document is subject to change without notice. Infoblox Inc.
assumes no responsibility for errors that appear in this document.
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