As delivery methods for software and infrastructure as a service (SaaS/IaaS) converge around a virtualized infrastructure, hosting providers and cloud service providers face similar internal operational needs, even as their service deliverables still differ. Both hosting providers and cloud service providers need updated network support tools including automated IP address management, network discovery, change management and device provisioning.
Cloud services providers face additional challenges for VM-based service delivery. In managing their WAN/LAN network infrastructure they need to continuously track and detect changes, and track and manage IP addresses that are no longer tied to physical servers or locations.
In many cases, service providers focus on automated server management, with the underlying network services receiving far less investment and management attention. Without IP network service automation, cloud service providers will suffer from “bottlenecking” of the virtualized server environment by manual network tools and support processes. While some providers have developed their own in-house automation tools in the past, especially for change management and configuration scripting, many of these tools are unlikely to support new technologies such as IPv6 and virtualization.
Infoblox Solutions for Hosting Providers and Cloud Service Providers
To manage the infrastructure for successful service delivery, hosting/SaaS providers need updated network support tools to manage change in real time and meet the demands of emerging protocols and techniques. Cloud service providers need the same services, and require additional levels of automation to support VM-based service delivery.
Highly Automated Cloud Services Infrastructure
Infoblox provides advanced operational tools to help hosting providers and cloud service providers manage their infrastructure. Our solutions deliver highly automated cloud infrastructure, including:
- Topology-aware network device discovery
- vDiscovery for virtualized network environments
- Automated device change detection and notification
- Automated configuration tracking and bulk device provisioning with rollback and audit trails
- Policy enforcement and workflow initiation and scheduling
- Automated compliance reporting to internal or external standards
- Automated IP address provisioning to VMware server stacks
- Unique, real-time synchronization of network device detail with the Infoblox IPAM database
- Support for emerging protocols and techniques including IPv6, Dual Stack, and DNSv6
High-Volume Provisioning and Reclamation of Bulk IP Addresses
While virtual servers can be spun up in seconds, with manual network support and management processes it may still take days, or even weeks to assign IP addresses to those servers. Infoblox advanced IP Address Management solutions automate the high-volume provisioning and reclamation of bulk IP addresses to and from VM-based server stacks via VMware vCloud Director and vCloud Integration Manager (vCD/vCIM) integration. Our integration is simple to use and leverages API-level integration between Infoblox IPAM and the VMware vCloud infrastructure via a simple plug-in that is shipped with vCloud Director and vCloud Integration Manager.
By automating IP address provisioning, Cloud providers can achieve:
- Significant reductions in provisioning time
- Elimination of manual configuration errors
- Automated reclamation of IP addresses on VM server de-activation
- Automated provisioning of all associated DNS and DHCP parameters
- Centralized management visibility of all IP core services (DNS, DHCP, IP Addressing) associated with VMware-based cloud infrastructure
…All leading to higher service quality and faster service activation.
The Infoblox API
Infoblox API offers rich functionality that enables automation and integration with existing in-house or proprietary Service Provider OSS/BSS tools and processes. The API includes integration with VMware Cloud management systems through plug-ins for vCloud Director and vCloud Integration Manager for automated IP address provisioning.