October 30, 2008

University of Minnesota Deploys Infoblox Appliances to Deliver Network Services

The University of Minnesota has deployed Infoblox appliances for delivery of core network services, including internal and external domain name resolution and IP address assignment and management - essential to daily operation of its network and applications, enabling access to resources such as student registration, assignments and health records.

In addition to supporting reliability, manageability and security of its core network services infrastructure, ensuring nonstop delivery of domain name resolution (DNS) and dynamic host configuration protocol (DHCP) services, the university has implemented an authentication portal enabled by Infoblox appliances that allows more than 6,500 residential hall students easy, secure and authorized network access, said Infoblox.

On campus, there are six Infoblox appliances running the Infoblox DNSone package that includes Infoblox's grid technology. The grid technology links the Infoblox appliances together so they can operate as a unified system for resiliency and management advantages. An HA pair is acting as grid masters, two are delivering DHCP services, and the remaining two are performing DNS services as authoritative masters.

The university is currently using the authenticated DHCP function in campus residence halls with plans to roll it out to the entire university. When logging on to the university network, students are automatically redirected to a captive portal where they are shown a registration page and acceptable use policy. Once authorized, students are then assigned a university-issued IP address.

Previously, students had to go to a physical lab on campus and register their device. Now using the portal, students simply plug in their device in their dorm room, log on and they are on the network after a seamless host registration process, said Infoblox.