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Men & Mice @ VMWorld US 2019

Posted by Men & Mice on 8/23/19 9:31 AM

San Francisco: the Men & Mice contingent will be at booth 2033

Come meet us for all your DNS, DHCP, and IPAM needs. (Also the swag. We have good ones.) We'll be happy to chat, and also conducting lightning interviews for our DNS and networking podcast. (Speaking of which: check out the latest episode below.)

While at VMWorld, our North American Director of Sales Operations, Paul Terril, will also be giving a talk on network best practices. Paul has over a decade of experience in assisting enterprises to transition from local to global network operations, and scale accordingly, as well as developing the resilience necessary for secure and efficient  network management on a global scale.   

Changing the way you see your networks

The challenges organizations face are multi-faceted. It's a (multi)cloud-native world, and businesses need solutions that transform their networks into a future-ready state - and quickly.

In his talk, Paul will highlight pain points faced by managers who are getting their networks ready for tomorrow, today. These include:

  • the potential loss of access control assignments,
  • vendor compatibility hurdles
  • lost time and efficiencies 
  • low visibility across platforms
  • boosting security and control
  • optimising service-native features (both on-prem and cloud)
  • automating and workflows
  • unifying management with overlays

(v)Realize the power of your networks

We understand the importance of visibility, control, automation, and security — and also how challenging those can be in complex, hybrid IP infrastructures. Men & Mice provides API-driven DNS, DHCP, and IPAM software solutions to global enterprise, education, and government organizations.

Men & Mice also recognizes the importance of VMWare in enterprise networks. (Why else would we go to VMWorld? Other than the weather in San Francisco, that is ;-) .)

With Men & Mice, users aren't tied to a single DNS and DHCP platform. The Men & Mice Suite comes with built-in vRealize integration, and the ability to, amongst other things, rapidly allocate IPs and manage DNS entries via either the management console, the web interface, or a best-in-class API.

Questions?

Paul will describe in detail the advantage of overlay solutions over other methodologies, as well as where most hybrid and multicloud migration strategies go off the rails. For instance,  IT decision-makers need not fear APIs, but embrace them, especially for network-specific customisation and automation. Homegrown solutions are no longer acceptable.

Come and listen to Paul’s talk, ask the questions you need to know and visit us at booth 2033 throughout the event for an on-the-spot demo (and some super swag!). 

If you can’t make it to San Fran, worry not: we’ll be bringing you daily coverage here and on our social channels.



Topics: VMware, vmworld, resolv.pod, Paul Terrill, vrealize

World IPv6 Day 2019 (plus a podcast!)

Posted by Men & Mice on 6/6/19 9:50 AM

June 6th, 2012 (or “6/6”) saw the World IPv6 Launch Day. Today we celebrate the 7th anniversary.

For those in need of a quick cheat sheet, here’s ours.

(Mind you, this is not ONLY a cheat sheet, but also doubles up as a lens cleaning cloth. Come by our booth at  Cisco Live in San Diego to pick one up.)

Beyond that quick reference, what’s all the fuss about this old-new networking technology? What has changed since it’s been around (from the 1990s)? What hasn’t? And where do (or should) we go from where we are now?

To IPv6 or not to IPv6?

That is the question. For what it’s worth we, and literally everybody we spoke to at RIPE 78, are for IPv6.

That said, there is legitimate criticism against it. More often than not, however, it tends to be rooted in shortcomings of implementation, misunderstandings in adoption strategies, or just general reluctance toward the work involved in the switch.

Large tech companies have adopted IPv6 whole-heartedly. ISPs, cloud providers, and data centers have been offering IPv6 for a while. Microsoft has been at work getting rid of IPv4 addresses in their offices for years. Google even keeps a public chart of IPv6 adoption amongst its users:

Screenshot 2019-06-06 at 10.28.10

Bottom line is: adoption is on the up, but it’s still spotty at best. And it is true: IPv6 isn’t perfect. But then again IPv4 isn’t, either. It will not get any better, though, if we don’t dedicate effort to perfecting it through practice.

Fun fact: IPv6 addresses are free. IPv4 addresses go for $20+ a piece and that price keeps rising.

It’s evident that, various inventions and initiatives notwithstanding, we’ll likely soon be out of IPv4 addresses. Never before have there been so many connected devices, from smartphones to cars, from smart thermostats to smart toasters. IPv6 is an inevitability.

What can we do?

Introducing ‘resolv.pod’: a DNS podcast

We can, and most definitely should, discuss and evaluate our options regarding anything and everything affecting the future of the networks we depend on. Attend conferences, read papers, draft strategies.

To that end, we’re happy to announce that we are launching a podcast aimed at sharing with you the mindshare we have access to.

resolv.podOf course, as is clear from the name of our podcast, the focus won’t be on IPv6 exclusively, but rather anything and everything related to DNS, DHCP, and IPAM. Facilitating discussions about IPv6, amongst other things, and giving listeners fuller context from experts in the field, are the DNAME of the game (OK, name - just couldn’t resist).

As luck would have it, we were fortunate enough to grab a conversation with Geoff Huston, Chief Scientist at APNIC (Asia Pacific Network Information Centre)  in the lovely Reykjavik sunshine at RIPE78.

So to celebrate World IPv6 Day, why don’t you sit back and listen to our very first episode featuring Geoff talking networking highs and lows with Men & Mice’s Carsten Strotmann? It’s sure to entertain - and inform - in equal measure. Happy  World IPv6 Day!

Find resolv.pod on your favorite podcast platform:

More interviews and discussions coming up in the next weeks! Let us know what you’d like to learn more about via the podcast email, our social media channels, or as a comment below.




Topics: IPv6, DNS, podcast, resolv.pod, IPv6 Day

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