Nibbles & Bits

ProVision 5.1.0 – Sneak Preview

by | February 27, 2015

We are putting the finishing touches on ProVision 5.0.4 and planning out our next release – ProVision 5.1.0. We have been working closely with customers and also looking at use cases on how to make ProVision more useful in various deployment scenarios.

We are getting close to “feature lock” for this release:

Overall

  • Tagging v3 – We wanted to support more complex tag usage scenarios and have made the tagging functions consistent between DNS and IPAM. We initially designed this feature with a use case of ~100 tags max. After seeing how tags could be used in more complex scenarios, we decided to update the use case to about 100x+ the initial use case.
  • tagv3-b tagv3-a
  • Task Scheduler/Queueing v1 – Implementing some helpful things like scheduling ProVision tasks. Things like “Push these four zones at 3:00AM and notify me accordingly,” etc. This is going to have a few screens associated with it – one for building these, and one for configuring / assigning them. We also found that with very dynamic multi-tenant environments, this provided a much cleaner way to manage outbound tasks being managed by ProVision.
  • UI standardization v2 – We are keeping this simple; just doing some UI updates to set the stage for our UI refresh later this year.
  • after-ipam
  • after-ipam-manage
  • Contact Manager v2 – Includes feature updates that allow for more advanced RIPE/ARIN integration.
  • LIR v2 – To maintain compatibility with more complex RIR features, we are moving this to its own Resource Type instead of just a Resource Section.
  • Global Search customization – Admins can select Resource fields to display in search results.

IPAM

  • VLAN Manager v2 – This includes a VLAN IPAM view, VLAN Management UI screens and a VLAN Gadget. This was near and dear to quite a few customers. To really do this right, we needed to approach VLANs as a combination of Resources and IP Aggregates. The upside to this solution is that the API functions will be huge asset whether you are tying elements together via the GUI or your own hierarchy.
  • Auto-merge of IP aggregates upon un-assignment
  • Admin Option – IPAM Gadget set default Tag Interpretation

DNS

  • DNS Admin UI update
  • DNS Audit Tools – This gives you options for auditing your forward and reverse DNS zones and highlight zones where lookups do not match what you have specified in ProVision.
  • Screen Shot 2015-02-27 at 2.20.00 PM

Resources

  • Templates – One request we received was the ability to create Resources in a more efficient way. Templates works by allowing you to pre-populate fields/child resources as part of the Resource entry process.

Module – Peering & related Connectors

  • Cisco VRF support v2
  • Juniper Logical Systems support v1

“We decided to move our rather complex IP address and DHCP management process to ProVision and it has worked out great for us!! The team at 6connect were very flexible and went above and beyond to accommodate our requirements and helped to make the migration as smooth and hitch free as possible. Kudos to the team @ 6connect!”

Premkumar Subramaniam
Head of R&D
viewquest

“We are excited to be partnering with 6connect to leverage their technology and talent. We particularly admire their long-standing IPv6 contributions and their ability to service and support customers in this area, some who are the largest service provider in the world. The 6connect executive leadership team and technical team are great to work with and we look forward to many partnered projects to help customers address their Cloud, IoT and Security needs with IPv6. Automation, workflow and orchestration are critical to the success of most of these projects and 6connect is well positioned to help our mutual customers in those areas.”

Ed Horley
Co-Founder & CEO
HexaBulid

“Enterprises can struggle managing purposefully segmented DDI architectures with any agility. Our partnership with 6connect empowers customers with complex infrastructures to move faster to service the business while consolidating visibility and control over their estate.”

Andrew Wertkin
Chief Strategy Officer,
BlueCat

“6connect’s approach to automation addresses quite a few challenges with physical and virtual networks – how to improve the agility of your current network infrastructure without sacrificing reliability and adoption of future network technologies.”

Pär Lange
Investment Director
SwissCom

“A customer is looking for an integrated solution from a single vendor for both IPAM and DNS. Through the 6connect reseller program, Secure64 is able to offer the most secure DNS solutions married to a unique combination of IPAM and resource provisioning that customers want. It’s a marriage made in heaven.”

Mark Beckett
VP of Marketing
Secure64

“A huge benefit of working with the 6connect team is that they devoted a lot of resources to get our products integrated so we had the turnkey solution that we could take to market. It was very easy to work with their team to get product integrated and successfully launched.”

Mark Beckett
VP of Marketing
Secure64

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