DNS Is A Chump!

BlueCat Networks kicked off #NFD19 as part of Tech Field Day. The representatives from BlueCat Networks included:

  • Jim Williams VP of Marketing
  • Jason Davis, Director of BlueCat Experts
  • Noel Reynolds, Director of Solution Architects
  • Kevin Wilson, Manager of Solution Architects
  • Dana Iskoldski, Public & Influencer Relations Manager

The session was interactive which included all the #NFD19 delegates and our internet audience. This included Q&A throughout the presentation and an occasional Tweet (shameless plug).

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Jim Williams began the day by providing us with a BlueCat Networks overview. The company is an Enterprise DNS software solutions provider that was founded in Toronto, Canada in 2000.  The company includes 400+ employees that serve customers throughout the world. The customer base is well diversified because DNS is ubiquitous regardless of customer size.

BlueCat Networks by the numbers:

  • 1,100 customers
  • 10K DNS service points
  • 100M IP addresses
  • 100B DNS queries daily

The vision of the company as Jim put it is to unleash the full power of DNS to its customers via:

  • Visibility and control (What happens on the network?, Who is on the network? and Why they’re on their network?)
  • Pervasive automation
  • Cloud agility which includes hybrid, multi-cloud and deployments
  • Enhanced security

Later in his discussion, Jim provided us with examples of why DDI has issues. It’s messy, outages are caused by people and process issues, it is outdated which includes hardware appliance models, change is slow and it’s vulnerable (91% of malware uses DNS in its attacks).

“It’s not the pipes that make plumbing valuable, it’s the water!!” is how Jim described Enterprise DNS because it provides the data that flows through the DNS system which includes what’s on your network, behaviors, etc which leads to data analysis. I love that quote!

Up next from BlueCat Networks was Jason Davis who has a networking engineering and software development background. Below are the advantages and disadvantages Jason provided us between DDI and Enterprise DNS:

Advantages with Enterprise DNS:

  • UNIFIED Services and Management that can be leveraged
  • Eliminates errors
  • Enhanced security
    • Not intended to replace any security applications\hardware\solutions in your ecosystem. The goal is to add to it.
  • Cloud agility
    • #1 focal point
    • Provides flexibility
    • Reduces error and the manual process
  • Increases automation
    • Flexible foundation
    • Build workflows
    • Interacts with APIs
  • Increases visibility and control
    • #1 key value for Enterprise DNS
  • Low level understanding of my network and its intention
  • ONE single solution
  • Unified Ecosystem of standing up and taking down.

Disadvantages with DDI (the integration of DNS, DHCP, and IPAM):

  • DISPARATE services and management
  • Connectivity and resolutions only
  • Complex and Error Prone
  • No visibility
  • No ability to leverage

Jason also discussed the 3 pillars of data and they include IP space, name space and devices.

Finally, where does BlueCat Networks fit? It provides a core service which includes Automation, Visibility, Management and Services.

I snapped a few photos and they can be found here.

For more information about BlueCat Networks, Tech Field Day and how to become a TFD – please click on the links below:

Please take a moment to subscribe to the YouTube channel which also includes watching the various videos that were posted throughout the day. Kudos to PrimeImage Media for recording the live sessions.

Credit also goes to Stephen Foskett, Tom Hollingsworth, Ben Gage, Mel Zura and the entire Tech Field Day staff for coordinating a seamless event.





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