Men & Mice, a provider of API-driven DNS, DHCP and IPAM software solutions, has released its Men & Mice Suite version 9.2 – a modular, API-first overlay software solution for the management of DDI operations in complex, hybrid and multi-cloud network environments.
The release of Men & Mice Suite v9.2 would introduce improved management and synchronization including AWS multi-account management, new DNS Workflow and advanced Reporting modules, and one-click install availability through Azure Marketplace. Customers using or desiring to use Microsoft Azure can now implement Men & Mice Suite with this one-click install, optimizing deployment time to minutes rather than hours. The release of Men & Mice Suite version 9.2 introduces several improvements for both on-premise and cloud/multi-cloud IP infrastructure and DNS operations.
“Edge computing and the overall digitization of global business forces large-scale network administrators to seek easy-to-implement solutions, such as cloud, to quickly adapt their networks to meet growing demand,” said Sigfus Magnusson, Head of Product Management, Men & Mice. “In the process, using the multitude of services available creates sprawl and incompatibilities, both with on-premise services and among other cloud providers.”
“Overlay solutions, such as the Men & Mice Suite, anticipate changing network needs, focus on compatibility between services and extend network investments while combating network conflicts and vulnerabilities,” added Magnusson. “Likewise, Men & Mice’s dedication to establishing both technical and business partnerships for its solutions means customers can count on DevOps-friendly automation, synchronization and the unified visibility necessary to manage the next generation of enterprise networks.”
AWS Multi-Account Management
Men & Mice Suite already features cloud-native integration with AWS and Azure as well as Akamai Fast DNS, Amazon Route 53, Azure DNS, Dyn DNS and NS1 to best manage and synchronize IP address management and DNS respectively. In the v9.2 release, Men & Mice has added additional functionality to manage and retrieve data from AWS master account credentials associated with up to thousands of AWS sub-accounts. This means DNS zones, VPCs and subnets can be listed for each cloud account subscription belonging to the service – cutting down administration while guaranteeing a global view/management of the cloud infrastructure.
Also in the Men & Mice Suite v9.2 release, a new Workflow Module has been introduced for the efficient request and approval of DNS tasks. The Workflow module allows users to make requests for creating, modifying and deleting DNS records and optionally schedule the fulfillment of DNS changes. Network administrators can gain greater control and organization over changes within their DNS infrastructure.
A common scenario would be a user requesting to add a new DNS record, modify or delete an existing DNS record. The request is created and is viewable to an administrator, along with other requests from other users in one comprehensive list, for approval or rejection, scheduling or immediate implementation. The new Workflow module can be licensed as an add-on to versions of Men & Mice Suite v9.2 or beyond.
In 2018, Men & Mice introduced simplified reporting features within the Men & Mice Suite. In Men & Mice v9.2, it is introducing a new, advanced Reporting module, enabling users and administrators the ability to utilize, save and export for download a variety of report templates. The advanced reports can be tailor-made by correlating data and templates in just a few steps, scheduling the results to be generated daily, weekly or on a custom schedule. The new, advanced Reporting module can be licensed as an add-on to versions of Men & Mice Suite v9.2 or beyond.
Improvements to functionality for the management of on-premise DHCP scopes as well as for adding and managing reservations on ISC DHCP, Kea and Cisco servers have also been added through Men & Mice Suite v9.2.