Today, it’s rather common for enterprises to be afflicted with network outages in which the data center maintaining mission-critical operations is no longer available. While this infrastructure is inaccessible, businesses cannot efficiently service their customers, inevitably leading to disruptive financial losses, lost revenue and productivity, and even long-term damage to company reputation.
The risks resulting from such an outage, combined with the complexity of managing an IT infrastructure and increasingly dynamic applications, are now creating a compelling business case for enterprises. To address the possibility of a network outage and prevent any detriment coinciding with downtime, many companies are choosing to provision an out-of-band network connection that retains control and ensures efficient operations.
An out-of-band management solution provides managers with full control over the entirety of their data center infrastructure and distributed networks, even in instances when in-band and IP-based management strategies have failed. A company specializing in out-of-band management products and services, Opengear (News - Alert) boasts a robust portfolio of out-of-band management products that provide a secondary path to a remote site, and to the devices present at those sites, when the primary network is down.
Not only does Opengear offer a serial console management over a dedicated TTY serial console port, but it also has the option for network console management, which is delivered over a dedicated Ethernet IP network port connected to the management network using a Web browser or Telnet.
Moreover, Opengear also delivers service processors, which grant browser and IPMI access to dedicated internal processors available in next-generation servers and telecommunications platforms. And, if managers require direct remote access to their managed devices, regardless of where they are installed, Opengear allows access and monitoring behind client firewalls, without the need for incoming public IP access.
IT managers can also avoid having to buy, deploy and manage multi-vendor proprietary management tools, thanks to Opengear’s families of cellular QoB connection appliances. These models support internal and external cellular modems that can then be configured to function in an array of modes for optimal cellular connectivity.
Lastly, users of Opengear’s out-of-band management solutions will be able to anticipate issues and proactively respond with appropriate actions through use of the provider’s smart infrastructure and automated management tools.
In a business’ lifetime, there will undoubtedly be periods of downtime. Taking an out-of-band approach to systems management will ensure monitoring access and control efficiencies in situations when IT services are needed the most.
To find out more about Opengear, visit the company at ITEXPO East 2012. To be held Jan. 31- Feb. 3 at the Miami Beach Convention Center in Miami, Fla. ITEXPO (News - Alert) is the world’s premier IP communications event. Visit Opengear in booth # 831. Don’t wait. Register now.
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Tammy Wolf is a TMCnet web editor. She covers a wide range of topics, including IP communications and information technology. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.
Edited by Tammy Wolf