BlueCat Networks Ships Proteus Enterprise IPAM Appliance

Web-based IP address management appliance designed to command challenges of explosive Internet growth 

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.  

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