Bloody good value DDI
ApplianSys is pleased to announce that Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI), the sixth largest non-profit blood collector in America, has chosen a DNSBOX solution to replace its Microsoft DHCP setup and ensure users stay connected.
OBI has over 130 networks providing Wi-Fi and VoIP services for 1000s of volunteers serving blood donations. Until recently, DHCP on these networks was done using a complex setup on Windows DHCP servers. IP addresses were recorded and updated manually on a spreadsheet, which wasn’t integrated with the servers, making it extremely difficult and time consuming to keep records up-to-date.
On top of this, failover wasn’t possible to set up, making connectivity unreliable. Director of Information Technology Operations John Marcellus sought to replace the old servers with an appliance-based DDI solution.
John wanted a cost-effective solution to encompass OBI’s non-profit locations, but found several well-known DDI solutions to be prohibitively expensive.
In evaluating an Infoblox solution, it became clear that a reliable, scalable solution with built-in redundancy was going to be far beyond OBI’s current budget.
However, when John contacted ApplianSys, he discovered that the DNSBOX solution was far more flexible. With its modular approach to DDI, DNSBOX enables OBI to immediately fix the DHCP and IP address management problem, and later scale to include more DNSBOX DHCP servers in line with network demands. So it proved a particularly budget-friendly offer.
“As a non-profit healthcare organisation, OBI felt it had a particular duty to make every cent count,” says Magdalena Jovanovic, DNSBOX Product Manager. “With DNSBOX – unlike other DDI solutions – OBI is able to opt for as much or as little capability as it wants and pay for just that. And more affordable pricing from ApplianSys means it can accomplish far more with less.”
Oklahoma Blood Institute employs nearly 700 people with a 1,000-strong volunteer force and over 2,600 blood drive coordinators. It works to drive awareness of the constant need for blood and to educate and encourage donations through simple advice and donor rewards.