IPAM

The SovLabs BT Diamond IP IPAM module for vRealize Automation enables organizations who utilize BT Diamond IP for centralized IP address management to now have a fully automated method of obtaining and releasing IP addresses as the cloud environment dynamically scales. With SovLabs, cloud architects can design a wide variety of integration scenarios using metadata-driven policies that can be dynamically assigned and controlled with the SovLabs Template Engine.

DNS

The SovLabs BT Diamond IP DNS module for vRealize Automation enables organizations who utilize BT Diamond IPControl for DNS hosting to have a fully automated method of controlling DNS records as the cloud environment dynamically scales, reducing the support burden and increasing the chances of successful ITaaS deployments from the vRealize service catalog.

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Highlights

Flexibility & Scale

Obtain and reserve unique IP address(es) and release automatically during appropriate machine lifecycle.

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Avoid IP Conflict

Drive DNS record creation and removal automatically during the machine lifecycle.

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Avoid Lock-In

Separate dynamic BT Diamond IP endpoint and DNS configuration definitions allow for ultimate flexibility and scale.

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Features and Capabilities

IPAM Features and Capabilities

  • Create flexible IPAM profiles that include one or more BT Diamond IP endpoints
  • Reserve unique IP address(es) and assign to the VM NIC(s) based on IPAM profile(s)
  • IPAM profiles include basic IP information such as DNS and WINS configurations
  • IPAM profiles can be pinned to specific NIC numbers
  • IPAM profiles can span multiple networks, each consisting of a network name, subnet
  • CIDR block, gateway address and network mask
  • IPAM profiles allow for a list of excluded IP addresses
  • IPAM profile fields can be dynamic, utilizing the SovLabs Template Engine
  • SovLabs Template Engine allows for static text in combination with dynamic content such as vRealize Automation custom properties and/or custom logic
  • Ability to detect and skip IP addresses, that are marked as free in IPAM but are found to be in use on the network.  This feature includes notification policy for informing the administrators when IP conflicts are detected as well as regeneration of hostnames where appropriate.  Utilizes SovLabs Custom Naming and Notifications modules, which are both included in SovLabs Foundation.

 

DNS Features and Capabilities

  • Create flexible DNS configurations that include one or more BT Diamond IP endpoints
  • Supports one or more domains and networks in a single DNS configuration
  • Drives IPControl features such as User Defined Fields (when used in conjunction with IPAM), and ability to render the comments field via the SovLabs Template Engine
  • Supports BIND and Microsoft DNS servers managed via IPControl
  • SovLabs Template Engine allows for static text in combination with dynamic content such as vRealize Automation custom properties and/or custom logic
  • Employs several methods to improve DNS data integrity and mitigate issues from stale, duplicate or orphaned DNS records, such as retry logic, record availability and DNS propagation/post validation checks
  • DNS configurations are interchangeable between endpoint providers; avoid lock-in by easily adding additional DNS providers with other DNS modules from SovLabs
  • Allows for independent configurations for forward and reverse records, if desired
  • BT Diamond IP endpoints can also be used with the SovLabs IPAM module for BT Diamond IP
  • SovLabs DNS configurations may also be used with SovLabs network load balancer modules
  • Optional feature to designate a default DNS configuration if the domain(s) or network(s) are not matched to any other DNS configuration(s)
  • Supports up to 10 network interfaces per machine
  • Multiple version support for vRealize Automation
  • Simple 2-step install and upgrade process
  • Quick start process: Define BT Diamond IP endpoint(s), DNS configuration(s) and provision!

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