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Infoblox has updated its Network Identity Operating System (NIOS). Version 8.6.1 introduces further integrations with other cloud-native solutions for greater visibility and data security and multi-and hybrid cloud environments.

NIOS 8.6.1 offers new features for (multi-)cloud and hybrid environments. The latest version should offer more security options and insight for cloud infrastructures.

Integration with multi-cloud solutions

NIOS 8.6.1 provides new multi-cloud functionality for Azure Stack and Red Hat OpenShift. Additionally, further integrations with Red Hat Ansible and VMware vRealize Orchestrator 8.0 were introduced. Among other things, the integrations provide greater automation, flexibility and scalability for cloud environments. NIOS 8.6.1 enables better management of multi-cloud deployments and migration paths to container-based environments.

Network and security improvements

In addition, NIOS 8.6.1 offers more visibility and control of DDI, shorthand for the combination of DNS, dynamic host configuration protocol (DHCP) and IP address management (IPAM). The update includes extended Global Server Load Balancing (GSLB) rules in the DNS Traffic Controller. Also, network insights can be identified by Lightweight Access Points (LWAPs) via the WLAN controller. Additionally, the update provides visibility into critical data and control over network-wide NTP synchronization.

Lastly, Infoblox’s NIOS supports further authentication through new DNSSEC signing algorithms, including the Elliptic Curve Digital Signature Algorithm (ECDSA). Security and performance are improved through shorter encryption keys and defence mechanisms against unauthorized changes.