Nominum Inc has formalized its line of IP address management software under an umbrella brand and this week announced Allianz Group, the Germany-based financial services multinational, is its first big named client.
Having made a series of product launches in domain name system (DNS) and dynamic host control protocol (DHCP) management this year, Nominum has decided to brand its completed suite Foundation, and this week announced two additions to the line.
Foundation Management Center is to be Nominum’s flagship product, VP of product management Richard Probst said. Also released was Discovery Center, a network sniffer that can automatically discover networked devices.
The two products provide companies with a central repository of address assets, to reduce the complexity of managing the network. It ties into the rest of the Foundation line out of the box, and adaptors can be written to allow DNS or DHCP servers from third party vendors to be managed.
Figuring out exactly what devices a large company has on its network, and where those devices are virtually and physically can be a logistical nightmare, the pitch goes. Problems such as address duplication or rogue devices can cause headaches for systems administrators.
With many distributed departments and networks, this can quickly get confusing, he said, especially when a company, such as Allianz, is growing by acquisition and needs to integrate its networks as efficiently as possible. Nominum’s system allows management of resources to be distributed but controlled centrally.
Now, the number one way to keep track of these devices is with Excel spreadsheets, said Probst. [With Foundation] we took the the DNS model for delegation of authority and applied it to IP address management.
Also rebranded as a Foundation product are the recent introductions Dynamic Configuration Server, which handles DHCP, and Authoritative Name Server and Caching Name Server, which handle DNS.