It can be easy to forget that, when it comes down to it, we’re still just working with all the basics we’ve had for decades. Whether you’re creating dynamic, distributed applications using microservices and Kubernetes, or you’re dealing with vGPUs and virtual private clouds, everything still needs an IP address and a DNS to translate domain names to those IP addresses. Services like DNS, DHCP and IP Management (DDI) are never far off, and that’s why DNS and application traffic management provider NS1 has unveiled its DDI tool to handle these basics, built specifically for modern distributed application-centric computing infrastructure.
In launching Enterprise DDI, NS1 provides an “API-first architecture [that] supports high-scale automation and unifies service discovery across complex infrastructure,” which can be controlled from a single location, said Jonathan Sullivan, co-founder and CTO of NS1, explaining that a modern DDI was needed to truly enjoy the efficiencies of modern application architectures.
“Enterprises across the board are looking to leverage new technologies, vendors, and topologies in service of better performance, reliability, and time to market. But the velocity gains are often offset by the overhead that comes with managing a diverse and complex mix of infrastructure that spans everything from mainframes to microservices across multiple clouds,” said Sullivan in a company statement. “NS1 Enterprise DDI was designed to provide a modern, unified management plane across these disparate environments in order to simplify and automate increasingly complex development processes. It removes the friction and burden of having to both manage and build your apps against a legacy DDI platform, and instead turns DDI into a weapon in your DevOps arsenal that provides innovative new functionality that will impact the scale and velocity of your application-driven business.”
According to the statement, NS1 Enterprise DDI is built on the same platform as NS1 Managed DNS, which includes integrated DNS and IP Address Management (IPAN), intelligent traffic steering, fast API performance, and DNS that propagates in milliseconds rather than hours. In addition, the platform comes with a number of configurations out of the box, including Terraform, Ansible, Kubernetes, and TSDBs.
In an interview with The New Stack, Sullivan explained that Enterprise DDI was built specifically with these modern environments in mind.
“Not everybody’s going to move to the cloud. We’re starting to see that growth stall out a little bit. All of the developments with dynamicism and distributed endpoints and auto-scaling and containerization frameworks like Kubernetes have introduced problems that are a lot like the ones that we’ve solved on the internet,” said Sullivan. “And so we packaged up our software and we shipped that to companies to run on-prem, behind the firewall in virtual private clouds, or wherever they want, really.”
NS1 has been working closely with companies such as Salesforce, LinkedIn, and Dropbox to develop the new Enterprise DDI platform, Sullivan explained, so that it would be built to handle what they expect to need five or ten years in the future. When NS1 first started building Enterprise DDI, he said, Kubernetes was not yet a clear front-runner in the container orchestration space, but that the platform’s API-first approach means that it is extensible and will be able to handle integrating with whatever comes next.
“It’s a space that is kind of ripe for disruption. A lot of the incumbents were really great technology but built for a different era that was not as dynamic, that didn’t have five different container frameworks and service discovery. It’s become very messy in the data center. So, we saw an opportunity to bring our API-first, instant propagation coupled with a new approach to DHCP and IP address management,” said Sullivan. “We built the platform from the ground up to do these kinds of dynamic enhancements and that came out of building stuff previously on top of some of the open source options that were out there. They’re really great technical implementations and the software is great, but they weren’t built to be taking a hundred updates a second.”
NS1 is a sponsor of The New Stack.