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VitalQIP Appliance Manager

Seamless, streamlined management and administration
 

Nokia VitalQIP Appliance Manager provides seamless, comprehensive, streamlined management and administration of VitalQIP appliances.

In today’s complex networking world, it is critical to have reliable, secure, low-cost address allocation and management software that keeps your network running smoothly every day. Nokia VitalQIP Appliance Manager maintains an inventory of all the VitalQIP Appliances on the network, along with software and configuration information, providing a seamless, cost-effective way to deploy and maintain Nokia VitalQIP DDI software, simplify management, and allow you to leverage your IT investment for a competitive advantage.

Nokia VitalQIP Appliance Manager is included as part of the Nokia VitalQIP DDI solution, the industry’s proven, open and scalable DDI solution (domain name system (DNS), Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) and IP address management (IPAM)).

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Features

Application note

Hardware and Software Options

  • The VitalQIP Appliance Manager is offered on redundant, high performance, standard hardware and software configurations to meet your specific requirements
  • The VitalQIP Appliance Manager QIP 6030 is designed for demanding environments and provides AC/DC power and NEBS compliance options
  • The VitalQIP Appliance Manager QIP 1230, QIP 1230-RAID and QIP 730 platforms are designed for typical enterprise applications
  • Nokia also offers additional flexibility with software and virtual appliances, allowing you to install the same software that runs on VitalQIP hardware appliances on the hardware you choose
Optimize

Enterprise High-availability and Disaster Recovery

  • Appliance Manager Software (AMS) facilitates VitalQIP Enterprise replication services between a pair of ESM appliances
  • The appliance pair may be located in the same data center or across globe
  • Database updates are automatically replicated between appliances to prevent lost updates and mitigate disasters
  • In the event of an outage or disaster, failover can be quickly initiated from the active to warm standby machine, minimizing downtime.
Secure

Security

  • Security-hardened version of Red Hat Linux OS
  • Limited port access as well as lockdown of appliance console
  • Unique secret key that is exchanged between centralized software and each appliance for authentication
  • Authorized appliance access granted by a centralized AMS administrator
Data Sheet

Platforms

  • Integration with the market-leading VitalQIP AMS (appliance manager software)
  • Advanced hardware/software monitoring with AMS Dashboard “at a glance” display
  • Automated software upgrade capability with rollback options
  • Highly secure communication between AMS and appliances, with unique appliance key generation
  • Logical grouping of appliances to simplify upgrades
  • Software version history maintained per appliance in AMS
  • Remote start/stop/initialization of services
  • High-availability DNS using heartbeat and virtual address mechanism
  • Retrieval of log/config files
  • Connect, configure and go model for appliance activation
  • Syslog redirection enables centralized monitoring of appliances and services
  • Software appliance option enables use of existing corporate standard hardware or virtualization, providing the same benefits as the hardware appliance
Experience

Services

  • VitalQIP Enterprise Services with Sybase database, which provides appliance-based IP address management
  • Enterprise disaster recovery service
  • Industry’s highest performance DHCP server, enabling rapid IP address assignment for the delivery of robust IP services
  • VitalQIP DNS server (ISC BIND based), which enables rapid address resolution
  • DNS reliability enhanced with DNS high-availability and anycast features
  • DNS/DHCP probes that enable testing and monitoring of DNS/DHCP services
  • VitalQIP SNMP service for monitoring DNS, DHCP, and Appliances
  • TFTP service for file transfer services
  • NTP service for time synchronization among appliances and clients
  • VitalQIP Auto Discovery, which discovers network devices quickly and efficiently

Benefits

Experience

Effectiveness

Centralized IP address management and distributes network services, such as DNS and DHCP, using a single system

  • Seamless, cost-effective way to deploy and maintain Nokia VitalQIP DDI software
  • Helps maximize profitability and productivity
  • Better utilization of your IT investment for competitive advantage
  • Centralized appliance management data store to oversee services and remote appliances
Automate

Customizable

The VitalQIP Appliance Manager is offered on redundant, high performance, standard hardware and software configurations to meet your specific requirements

  • Manage and control appliances remotely from a single location
  • Automated deployment of critical IP name and address services
  • Simplified software upgrades and centralized deployment and monitoring of IPAM, DNS, DHCP, TFTP, NTP, SNMP and other services
Simplify

Streamlined

Centralize the definition of IP addresses and distributes network services, such as DNS and DHCP, using a single system

  • Simplify and streamline management
  • Secure services with hardened OS (Red Hat Linux) preloaded onto the appliance
  • Streamlined management that cuts administrative costs
  • Flexible deployment models and virtual options

Enhanced Administrator Effectiveness

  • Centralize the definition of IP addresses and distributes network services, such as DNS and DHCP, using a single system
  • Provide effective management of network-wide IP information
  • Provide disaster recovery by replicating database between locations and securing critical data
  • Configure remote DNS and DHCP appliances using centralized data, which improves administrator productivity while reducing errors
  • Eliminate the need for administrators to individually access every remote machine
  • Perform appliance management via the central console
  • Deployment, upgrades and maintenance are simplified by configuring services and logically grouping appliances on the AMS GUI before deployment
  • Administrators can upgrade remote services, such as DNS and DHCP, to the latest software version, across many appliances with a few simple clicks
  • Upgrade records for each appliance are maintained in the AMS, providing easy rollback to the previous service version if necessary
  • Centralized access to and a view of the entire appliance network via AMS monitoring capabilities
  • Centralized control provides quick and easy access to all log and configuration files, enables remote start and stop of services and allows any appliance to be taken offline rapidly
  • Appliances can be rebooted from a central location, saving travel costs and time

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