What is the DDI Market and How does Infoblox Lead? Part 1: DHCP

by Eric Carter on November 16, 2012 · 1 comment

in Data Center,Mobility,Networking,ScanSource Catalyst,Technology,Voice


Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) is the configuration protocol that enables all network devices to communicate over an IP network. Network management devices utilize DHCP to acquire specific information before a device can communicate on the network. If the network was a football game, DHCP would be the ticket to the football game.

Without a ticket to the game, a fan won’t get into the stadium. Similarly, unless an IP address/MAC address pair shows up on a DHCP table, a device won’t be granted access to the network. Further, a ticket informs the fan where to sit in the stadium. DHCP also provides network location information (IP address, subnet mask, gateway, DNS address, etc.).  Finally, a ticket can grant access for a single game or an entire season. Likewise, DHCP grants network access for designated amounts of time (i.e., lease).

What uses DHCP? If the device attaches to the network, the device uses DHCP. From company assigned devices (laptops, printers, scanners, VoIP phones, etc.) to devices brought from home (smartphones, tablets, etc.), anything that uses the network to communicate uses DHCP.

How does Infoblox enhance DHCP? Infoblox eases or eliminates DHCP problems that arise in implementation, network changes, and failover. Templates better organize DHCP assignments. Network changes are governed by the templates, and all changes remain stored in Infoblox appliances. Finally, should a DHCP server fail, Infoblox automatically reroutes to a secondary device and avoids the need to reboot a device.

Interested in learning more? Please email Infoblox@catalysttelecom.com, or register for Infoblox’s channel program and start selling into the DDI market.

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Eric Carter is the Data Center Practice Manager for Catalyst Telecom in Greenville, SC. Eric has eight years experience in technology including unified communications, data center, networking, and cloud computing. He is a contributor to The Source on data center, cloud computing, unified communications, networking, and emerging technologies

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