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DNS/DHCP Network Appliance

By jsilveira ·
Our organization is in the market for dedicated network appliances to handle DHCP and DNS services. We are presently considering Blue Cat's Adonis, and Infoblox's DNSOne. So far I have only had the opportunity to talk to salesmen. I'm interested in feedback from anyone who has one of these appliances in production. Hate to base a purchase decision soley on sales literature. Any feedback would be appreciated.

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What is the diff?

by nonamecharlie In reply to DNS/DHCP Network Applianc ...

Just out of curiosity, what is the benefit of such an appliance?

How much better would you be off with those products rather than dedicating a regular machine for DHCP and DNS?

You can tell I work with a low budget IT place!

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Benefits of the appliance

by ken.krause In reply to What is the diff?

The biggest benefit to a server appliance is its simplicity. Managing DNS and DHCP using a standard server/software configuration requires a lot of time and expertise. With an appliance, particularly the InfoBlox DNS One, you can reduce the labor time by as much as 90 percent, and shift what's left to a Level 1 IT person.

As for differences, the InfoBlox unit is less expensive than Blue Cat, and it offers DHCP support which Blue Cat doesn't. InfoBlox also has a longer support period, and isrecognized as the leader in the space.

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Price of Easy?

by tomjedrz In reply to Benefits of the appliance

I believe that it is often a wise move to pay for Easy implementation. But it is usually a good idea to understand the price of Easy.

I just implemented an Linux/Apache web server appliance from IBM for our intranet. It was a breeze, and allowsme to get going while I learn the technology.

In the case of DNS and DHCP, recognize they are both VERY standard and could certainly be setup for NOTHING on an outdated PC with Linux or even Windows freeware (see Tucows or sourceforge). I suggest that you make sure the amount of time you are buying is worth the price.

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