BlueCat Networks Ships Proteus Enterprise IPAM Appliance

TORONTO — April 18, 2006 — BlueCat Networks today announced the much-anticipated release to market of its Proteus Enterprise Internet Protocol (IP) Address Management (IPAM) appliance. The only Web-based IPAM appliance of its kind, Proteus combines carrier-class control with secure end-to-end Domain Name System (DNS), Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) and IP inventory management. Proteus will make its ‘inaugural flight’ at Interop Las Vegas 2006, where its advanced functionality will be demonstrated at the BlueCat Networks booth (# 1817).   

Proteus is the first purpose-built appliance dedicated to designing, deploying and managing IP-based networks. Based on a multi-core architecture Proteus enables organizations to automatically translate business and industry regulations into functional error-free DNS and DHCP configurations.  With the built-in web-interface and relational database, hundreds of administrators can concurrently manage the IP network with powerful next-generation features such as Lateral Tagging, Built-In Error Checking and Pre-Admission Network Access Control (NAC).   Proteus easily handles thousands of DNS and DHCP appliances and manages millions of IP addresses on multiple networks/configurations for geographically dispersed IP networks.  

“Proteus acts as the nerve center of mission-critical IP networks, seamlessly integrating IP hungry applications across wired and wireless networks,” said Michael Hyatt, CEO of BlueCat Networks. “It represents the next generation of IPAM, bringing business-driven interactive network control and monitoring fully in line with an organization’s business requirements.”  

The need for a dedicated IPAM appliance such as Proteus is driven by the explosive growth in core applications such as VoIP, Internet-based video conferencing, and mobile and wireless technology. These and other applications, combined with the growing demands placed on enterprise networks with the Internet’s evolution from IPv4 to IPv6, make it increasingly challenging for network administrators to effectively manage IP-based networks. Proteus is a dedicated appliance that simplifies this process for large enterprises, government organizations and service providers, providing for streamlined operations, reduced costs and increased network responsiveness.  

“Managing rapidly growing IP inventories is becoming one of the most critical roles for administrators of enterprise networks,” said Bret Jones, Director of Technology Engineering at George Washington University. “Proteus is a purpose-built appliance that offers both a high security design and intuitive, centralized control over global networks. With this type of appliance in place, we can effectively support and manage the evolving needs of our network infrastructure.”

The Next Generation of IP Address Management Proteus, which combines a powerful design and deployment environment with monitoring and reporting tools, leverages the strengths of BlueCat Networks’ award-winning Adonis DNS/DHCP infrastructure appliance. At the heart of Proteus is a unique multi-core architecture design that models IP and DNS information separately, yet links them together seamlessly to ensure changes are reflected in each system. Delivering a level of granularity that only a purpose-built appliance can deliver, Proteus enables organizations to tag and classify assets in accordance with an organization’s existing data structures – i.e. by subnet, classes, service, geography, administrator or user. With this lateral tagging feature, Proteus can be adapted to meet the needs of every organization.  

Providing truly global IP inventory management, Proteus users can control DNS, DHCP, and IP inventories from any location in the world. In addition to supporting hundreds of concurrent administrators from a single appliance, Proteus can also track all configuration changes and resolve problematic scenarios.  

Proteus also turns corporate and external regulatory policies such as Sarbanes Oxley Act (SOX), Health Insurance Privacy and Accountability Act (HIPPA) and others, into working network configurations. Using an object-oriented modeling approach, Proteus enables organizations to easily restrict or provide access to select resources for specific users.  

Proteus offers advanced IP modeling with its unique built-in error checking for IP, DNS, and DHCP configurations in real time. Proteus can reconfigure IP provisioning on a large scale without making live changes, enabling administrators to test assumptions and model ideas without adversely affecting the network.  

Pricing and Availability

Proteus is immediately available from BlueCat Networks, with prices starting at$60,000 for the Proteus 5000 Enterprise IPAM Appliance.  

About BlueCat Networks

Founded in 2001, BlueCat Networks, Inc. is a leading provider of simple, secure and affordable network appliances. BlueCat Networks’ DNS, DHCP and IPAM solutions secure and simplify mission-critical IP infrastructures to improve reliability and accessibility while providing the lowest TCO.

The BlueCat Networks product portfolio is comprised of the Adonis family of DNS/DHCP security appliances; the Proteus Enterprise IPAM Appliance, and the Meridius family of Secure Email Gateway Appliances. The Adonis family of appliances are end-to-end, fast, intelligent, cross-platform, secure DNS and DHCP solutions that combine ease-of-use and low maintenance with scalability. Proteus is a next-generation, web-based, IP Address Management solution designed to manage name services, dynamic IP assignment and IP inventory for enterprise, government, and carrier-class customers. The Meridius family of Secure Email Gateway appliances offers unbeatable, real-time spam and virus detection, empowering organizations to improve network security and reduce IT costs.

BlueCat Networks is a profitable network appliance company that supports the needs of government, military, and Fortune 500 organizations worldwide. For additional information, visit www.bluecatnetworks.com.

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