Infoblox today announced it is giving IT organizations more control over distributed data center environments via its domain name server (DNS) appliance. Infoblox is adding a global server load balancing capability to its DNS appliances, which makes it simpler for IT organizations to route traffic to the most available server regardless of which data center it is physically located in.
Arya Barirani, vice president of product marketing at Infoblox, says beyond ensuring levels of application performance by routing traffic to the server that’s best able to process any given request, having a global server capability makes it simpler to reroute traffic in the event of a disaster. With most organizations having access to multiple data centers these days, data recovery in the event of a disaster now hinges on the ability to reroute traffic from one data center to another as quickly as possible.
Many organizations already have some form of load-balancing capability within their data centers, but Barirani says global load balancing delivered via DNS appliance can eliminate the need to deploy separate appliances to manage load balancing within those data centers.
Going forward, Barirani says IT organizations should expect to see Infoblox leverage its DNS appliances to deliver and manage additional services that can be distributed across multiple data centers.
In the meantime, as enterprise computing becomes more distributed in the age of the cloud, it’s becoming apparent that new approaches to providing a control plane capable of spanning multiple data centers will be an increasingly important requirement.