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Men & Mice DDI Suite

Men & Mice closed the gap and enabled us to pursue our strategies.

Tom Ferris

Senior IT Officer, IMF

The hidden engine that drives networks

Powerful digital networks form the undisputed foundation of all modern business, communications, industry, transport, government, health and education and social activity. To most of us, these networks are as invisible and unappreciated as the inner organs that keep our bodies moving, breathing and living. We only take notice, often quickly and painfully, when they stop working.

Each network’s functional reliability is determined by the split-second interplay of the critical network trinity: DNS, DHCP and IP Address Management, also known as DDI. Too often network outages or expensive downtime can be traced back to incidents related to the functioning within, or interaction between, these DDI components. While the quality of machines and technology can be said to drive network capacity and capability, it is a network’s DDI design and administration that determines its efficiency, connectivity, and security – and often makes, or breaks, a company’s performance.

Empowering DDI

The Men & Mice DNS, DHCP, and IP Address Management (DDI) Suite is built to help keep large enterprise networks connected by transforming the way you see, and control, your IP infrastructure. Building on the strength of its unique back-end agnostic, software overlay architecture, the Men & Mice Suite pulls together critical DNS, DHCP and IP Address Management data from on-premises, cloud, hybrid and multi-cloud environments, creating a comprehensive network overview and centralized management and control.

Make the right network connections, securely

Integrating DNS, DHCP and IP Address Management improves workflow, manageability and security on your network, and significantly reduces the risk of human errors associated with manual tasks and processes.

The first IPAM solution to fully integrate with Microsoft Active Directory, the Men & Mice Suite continues to offer an unparalleled system of AD synchronization, ensuring real-time data integrity and the always up-to-date logging of changes. Critical data from routers and switches, together with DNS records and DHCP leases and reservations, are automatically synced with IP Address Management data, removing the time-consuming and risky burden of manual synchronization. AD-integrated granular, role-based access control further fortifies network security and boosts administrative efficiency.  

Get on top and stay on top

The Men & Mice Suite’s unique overlay architecture takes the sting out of implementing a DDI solution in large enterprises. Fast, non-invasive and non-disruptive deployment on top of an enterprise’s DNS and DHCP infrastructure, eliminates the operational risk, and cost, of replacing critical servers unnecessarily.

The challenge of uniting diverse and distributed networks under a single pane of glass is simplified through comprehensive support for a wide range of DNS and DHCP servers, including Windows DNS and DHCP, BIND, PowerDNS, Unbound, Cisco IOS DHCP, ISC DCHP, Kea DHCP, and stretching into the cloud with IPAM in Azure and AWS, and Azure DNS, Amazon Route 53, NS1 and Dyn DNS services.  

Singular on the DDI market, the Men & Mice Suite’s broad platform support allows consolidated views and management of hybrid and multi-cloud IP Address Management, and bolsters DNS availability across service provider platforms with xDNS redundancy, making the Men & Mice Suite the DDI solution best equipped to help enterprises harness the strategic potential of on-premises, cloud, hybrid cloud and multi-cloud network environments to protect the most critical part of a company’s IT assets – its network.

Keeping IT clean vs cleaning IT up

As connectable devices proliferate and platforms multiply, networks continue to become more dispersed and complex, while growing in scope and services. Network teams are not only expected to keep their networks up to date and fully functional 24/7, but also have to find solutions to the hot mess that accompanies legacy issues. Messy, cluttered networks slow down connectivity, burn profitability and create security risks. In worst-case scenarios, messy networks can cause costly network outages. Men & Mice helps you to keep your networks clean and tidy with a built-in System Health Monitor that alerts network teams to critical issues with DNS, DHCP and IPAM. Combined with the Suite’s highly efficient clean-up tools, Men & Mice helps to prevent a hot mess in a network from turning into a hot loss for an enterprise.

Fit for the future

Trends towards virtualization, cloud, SDN, the Internet of Things (IoT) and associated challenges to network security, are casting enterprises into an unpredictable sea of constantly changing technological disruption. Cloud vendors are continuously bringing powerful new services online and enterprises are wrestling with how and when to best utilize them.

Designed with intuitive extensibility at the core of its architecture and used to run some of the largest corporate networks on the planet, the Men & Mice DDI Suite adapts, scales and grows on demand, giving you the freedom and flexibility to use the back-end platform you want, to build the network you need.

We are experts in this space, and I can tell you the Men & Mice product is very well designed. Men & Mice has developed the kind of tool that my engineers would have developed for themselves given the chance.

Ford Boswell

Senior Infrastructure Manager, HD Supply