- BY Darren McPhee

A Giant Leap for BlueCat DNS Integrity™

Improved support for hybrid environments and automation, enhanced reliability and visibility, strengthened security, and simpler upgrades: this is next level DNS.

This week we’re excited to release a new version of DNS Integrity, which brings next level DNS to our customers through significant new features and enhancements. 

Here are the four key areas where we've made significant improvements:

Hybrid Environments and Automation

Our customers are rapidly moving compute and infrastructure to the cloud, and we continue to deliver capabilities to deploy Enterprise DNS to support their hybrid cloud environments. The latest version of DNS Integrity adds the ability to deploy BlueCat Address Manager in Azure environments.
DNS Integrity 9.0 also introduces enhanced DDNS support for dual-stack DHCP clients, also known as DDNS Dual-Stack Mixed- Mode (DSMM). DSMM enables a seamless environment with no disturbances in service. In other words, employees are able to unplug their laptop from a docking station, walk across the office and maintain support between the different networks as well as between IPv4 and IPv6.

On the automation front, we’ve made some significant improvements to the BlueCat API. We’re be releasing new APIs for replication and trust relationship as well as user sessions for facilitating temporary admin access. We’ve enhanced our APIs for improved IP management and also enriched existing APIs with a view towards the automation needs of our customers.

Finally, we’re also making some significant updates to BlueCat Gateway, our automation platform. We think you’re going to be very excited about where we’re going with Gateway. So much so that we’re going to save that for another upcoming blog!

Enhanced Reliability and Visibility

The upcoming 9.0 release of DNS Integrity introduces streaming replication which provides an improved approach to database replication compared with the previous approach. Furthermore, reboots of the primary BlueCat Address Manager during replication related management operations are no longer needed. By removing this limitation, DNS Integrity 9.0 increases service uptime, API availability and removes any risk related to reboots, such as extended boot times due to file system checks.

And we’ve enhanced our UI to provide easier insight into replication health and latency. SNMP is also enhanced, allowing administrators to be able to poll the full replication health and get the status of each node, making the information that exists in the UI accessible to SNMP-based monitoring systems. The UI has also been updated to establish a secure trust channel between 2 or 3 BlueCat Address Managers. This secure channel is used for upgrades and database replication operations.

Strengthened Security

We've done quite a bit from a security standpoint as well. One of the big areas is being able to manage group level admin access through TACACS and LDAP, providing the ability to provide temporary admin level access but also include audit ability.

In addition to other enhancements in the UI, we've also implemented improvements to reduce brute force attacks by by doing things like delaying the login, user lock out capabilities and forcing password change on first login.

Simplified Upgrades

Finally, we’ve made some updates to our upgrade process that will benefit customers and support their high availability requirements. For all releases past 9.0, when a customer upgrades from 9.0 (or later release), they will not have to break replication in order to move forward and or to upgrade.

DNS Integrity version 9.0 is now available for BlueCat customers and we think you’re going to be just as excited as we are about everything that we’ve put into this release!

This is what next level DNS looks like.

Darren McPhee

Darren McPhee is Director of Product Marketing at BlueCat. He joined the company in 2016 after 15 years in product management and marketing in the semiconductor industry.

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