DNS Integrity: The Need for Speed

This past month we’ve released new versions of our DNS Integrity™ solutions that are all about empowering our customers to automate their activities. That’s where our new Selective Deployment feature comes in.

A few weeks ago we released DNS Integrity version 8.3.2, the latest release of our Address Manager and DNS/DHCP software. Version 8.3.2 introduced the ability for our API users to selectively deploy specific DNS resource records to managed DNS/DHCP Servers, enabling users to deploy records in real time based on a specific change via API. This new feature allows designated record types to be deployed immediately by the requester at the earliest possible time.

Every day we see more and more of our customers working on automation initiatives around massive deployment of cloud, and the ability to rapidly stand up and tear down compute is needed. In other words our customers expect their DNS to provide that same level of responsiveness and agility as a willing and eager facilitator of these massive automation workflows. Specific records need to be resolvable immediately when cloud is stood up to provide provisioning on-demand and at scale.

But we didn’t stop there. Today we’re releasing the latest version of DNS Integrity™ Gateway, our extensible platform for automating common Address Manager tasks to build cleaner and lighter implementations while enabling a more simplified and self-service focused environment. The latest version of Gateway adds support for BlueCat DNS Integrity version 8.3.2, which gives our API users a simple approach to selectively deploy designated record types to be deployed immediately by requestor at the earliest possible time. To support this feature, new Python wrappers and example Selective Deployment UI workflows on our GitHub Repository are now available, including:

  • Example Selective Deployment workflow – search for existing DNS records on a specific zone, then select specific records for deployment.
  • New Add, Update, and Delete Host Record workflows – these 18.6.1-specific workflows include the option to immediately deploy a new host record or changes to an existing host record.

The three example workflows in GitHub will have a Deploy Now check box calling the Selective Deploy API, enabling our customers to quickly and easily automate a Selective Deployment workflow with a GUI template. For a more detailed overview, check out this demo video we’ve created:

Is your cloud team feeling the need, the need for speed – but your DNS has lost that loving feeling? Maybe it’s time to make BlueCat your wing man.

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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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