DNSone opinions

Frank Hopper hopper.frank at gmail.com
Thu Jun 2 20:43:48 UTC 2005

cricket liu is undoubtedly one of the smartest dns minds of our time.=20
taking that knowledge and applying it to code are two different tasks
entirely though -- ie. his time at men & mice - decent company, nice
software, hasn't really gone anywhere.   cricket joined infoBlox a
short while ago.  he didn't build the core product and it's clearly
reflected in its poor interface and the fact that it doesn't really
address the DNS "pain points" (ie. identifying logical and syntax
errors, automated creation of reverse pointers, auto-propagation to
slave devices, support for views, etc. - just a few things the bluecat
box does.  As well, a closer look from our financial analysis didn't
bode well for the corporation having gone through 6-7 known rounds of
financing. oh, and special side note: the last round they received did
not attract any "new" money - bad sign.  bluecat's financial health
came back stellar.

nominum has a wonderful, powerhouse of an offering.  arguably overkill
for most corporations though.

check out the bluecat when you get a chance.  ask them to demo the
product for you.  you might be pleasantly surprised.


-----Original Message-----
From: bind-users-bounce at isc.org [mailto:bind-users-bounce at isc.org]On
Behalf Of Brad Knowles
Sent: Thursday, June 02, 2005 2:17 PM
To: Simon Wong
Cc: comp-protocols-dns-bind at isc.org; bvh at stork.inebraska.com
Subject: RE: DNSone opinions

>         We actually went through a thorough test plan and they came out o=
>  top in every regard -- GUI, performance, easy to use, support, etc.  The
>  DNSOne company had a decent product but not in the same league.  We coul=
>  buy either of them though because our budget got cut.

=09I'd be very curious to know more about the areas in which you=20
found the Infoblox appliances were inferior.  Cricket Liu (one of the=20
co-authors of the book _DNS and BIND_) is a senior VP at the company,=20
and I'm sure that he is working closely with the team to make sure=20
that they have the best possible product.  I'm confident that any=20
constructive criticism you could give to them would be appreciated.

>  VitalQIP is overkill and a waste of money and resources.

=09On the pure software side of the house, the best products I've=20
seen are from Nominum.

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