DNS Management Packages?

d.needles at comcast.net d.needles at comcast.net
Thu Jan 6 20:33:49 UTC 2005

There are about 80 different vendors out there. Of these the enterprise level packages I've seen include:
  InControl by INS (aquired Diamond IP)
  QIP by Lucent 
  CNR by Cisco
  NetID by Nortel

QIP is pretty comprehensive but rigid and nearing end of life. CNR was an aquired product and limited in scope. NetID has many features but lacks in areas and is similarly at end of life. After the big bust Lucent, Cisco, and Nortel are all more focused on hardware and their core areas. InControl is pretty comprehensive and early in its lifecycle. It incorporates lessons learned, being created by the some of the core engineers from Quadritek, the founders of QIP. The down side is it's a smaller organization. So if the 'big blue' type mentality reigns, it can be difficult to move in for political reasons. Overall though it is a technically superior solution.  There are many other solutions, but they tend to facilitate individual DNS and DHCP management and do not provide comprehensive network block, device, and IP management.

I hope that helps

Daniel L. Needles 
OSS Principal Consultant 
wk/ph 916.276.9688

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> Is anyone doing distributed management of their DNS? 
> Here at the University of Minnesota, we're currently using Qip (which we're 
> not happy with) to allow LAN admins around campus to manage their particular 
> domains and IP address ranges. 
> This distributed approach gets the day-to-day DNS stuff out of the 
> engineering group. 
> Is there any package, either commercial or otherwise, which addresses this 
> sort of non-centralized DNS managment? 
> I haven't kept up on what's out there in terms of management packages. I'm 
> just starting to look into options and would appreciate any info. 
> -- 
> Steve Fletty 
> fletty at umn.edu 

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