Tuesday, May 31, 2011

2011 review : Is Bluecat better than Infoblox?

.Mid of last year, we have seen a total solution of IPAM, DHCP and DNS from Infoblox. The PoC set up by Mr. Chris Wan. Along the PoC, I’m satisfied with all the features introduced by Infoblox. It really suit IIUM future planning on convergence infrastructure. After the director remarks on the early January 2011, IT Division of IIUM will embark on cloud computing, convergence system and ubiquitous network. Definitely, IIUM require structured DNS infrastructure, centralized DHCP and enterprise IP Address Management (IPAM) system.
Today, we need to see another solution on IPAM, DCHP and DNS. The presentation presented by Rick Choo from BlueCat Networks. Overall presentation shows the strength of BlueCat on IPV6 enrollment. What impress me, a reputable non-microsoft based company (PNC info) is world-widely using BlueCat solutions. To compare between InfoBlox and BlueCat… we need to perform PoC for certain period.

Multimedia transmission over Aruba wireless

Today, I got a chance attending a product showcase session with the guy in the video below: Robert Fenstermacher, at Hilton Kuala Lumpur. The event organized by Synergy TechWave.

 I'm quite impress on its solution for making a multimedia over wireless more durable. Actually, we have planned couple of project in the future to improve our educational digital infrastructure. We are looking forward for a in-house IPTV over wifi (multicast), in-house Voice over wifi (VoWifi) and Video over wifi (unicast) solutions.

Probably, if we are able to provide a VoWifi in our campus, the mobile phone company will loose their margin of profit. Just imagine, if 20,000 student populations now able to communicate (voice call, video call and facetime) among them freely using their own iPhone/Android/Blackberry via campus wifi... then, the sales of prepaid card of Celcom, Maxis, Digi, TuneTalk, U-Mobile might be dropped tremendously right ?

I believe, the future educational trend will be moved to on demand practices which then lead to bandwidth drain at the gateway layer. In Malaysia, the cost of Metro-E services is really, really, really.. expensive. Most of the university can't afford to subscribe 1Gbps, but that's the demand right now. In fact, in average, Malaysian University only got between 64 Mbps - 200 Mbps for their internet access. Imagine.... is it enough if they have 20,000 population on campus ?? Jaring, Telekom, TIMEdotCom .. please give more discount to them....

Bandwidth management can't solve everything. Cache technology also can't solve everything. Definitely, the University might need a reliable storage to store the local content and broadcast the media on demand locally. The future trend now moving towards a reliable and secured high speed wifi connection. iPad, iPhone, Tablet, Android users are really demanding on a high speed wireless services to run the application inside it especially facetime.

Fenstermacher have shown to us the strength of Aruba multimedia-grade solution which I think can facilitate us to set up a substantial media on demand over wifi platform locally. If the University want to have a state of the art facilities for future mobility campus, they have to invest on storage and wireless infrastructure.

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