TORONTO â€” April 18, 2006 â€” 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 â€˜inaugural flightâ€™ at Interop Las Vegas 2006, where its advanced functionality will be demonstrated at the BlueCat Networks booth (# 1817).Â Â
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.Â 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).Â Â Proteus easily handles thousands of DNS and DHCP appliances and manages millions of IP addresses on multiple networks/configurations for geographically dispersed IP networks. Â
â€œProteus acts as the nerve center of mission-critical IP networks, seamlessly integrating IP hungry applications across wired and wireless networks,â€ said Michael Hyatt, CEO of BlueCat Networks. â€œIt represents the next generation of IPAM, bringing business-driven interactive network control and monitoring fully in line with an organizationâ€™s business requirements.â€ Â
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 Internetâ€™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. Â
â€œManaging rapidly growing IP inventories is becoming one of the most critical roles for administrators of enterprise networks,â€ said Bret Jones, Director of Technology Engineering at George Washington University. â€œProteus 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.â€
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 Networksâ€™ 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 organizationâ€™s existing data structures â€“ 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. Â
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. Â
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. Â
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. Â
Pricing and Availability
Proteus is immediately available from BlueCat Networks, with prices starting at$60,000 for the Proteus 5000 Enterprise IPAM Appliance. Â
About BlueCat Networks
Founded in 2001, BlueCat Networks, Inc. is a leading provider of simple, secure and affordable network appliances. BlueCat Networksâ€™ 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.