Why do you call my Terminal Server a Console Server?

Before the 1980’s most of computing happened in centralized mainframe or mid-sized computers. Users accessed shared computing resources thorough “dumb terminals” (those green-screen terminals displaying text-based interfaces we used to…

Should your remote network be living on the edge?

Cloud, IoT, M2M, failover, failback and security; a bunch of buzzwords that probably define the challenges you face today as a remote network administrator.  You’re no longer sitting at the…

VPN: All Eyes on Privacy

ISP mandatory data retention laws rolling out worldwide are a reminder that your Internet communications are not just being watched, in many cases they're being logged and stored. Affected citizens…

How to get your phone to speak CLI

The introduction of the smartphone has changed the way we live our lives.  With instant communications, and thousands of applications to enhance our daily routines, the mobile phone is now…

Dude, where’s my RSSI?

The two most common questions that arise when we begin discussing cellular out-of-band is reception and security.  Today we’ll be covering cellular reception which is absolutely critical to maintaining a…

Agile Day One Deployments: Cellular Out of Band

Businesses strive to be more agile to keep up with the competition and to meet ever-changing market demands.  To keep up with the business, IT departments need to adapt to…

NetDevOps, why not?

In 2016, DevOps is no longer a mysterious, edgy new concept – it's a well-established set of principles and practices driving distributed IT applications and systems development and delivery, from…

The USP of the USB Console

Previously, I’ve examined why RS-232 is still king of the out-of-band management console.  As Opengear launches its latest USB console server solution, let’s revisit some of the pros and cons…

Is your branch office network out on a limb?

Network infrastructure management in the data centre context is well established and well understood. High-density console servers cable up to the serial consoles of routers, switches and other network equipment…

Responsive Resilience

It's been over a year since security guru Bruce Schneier declared that this is the decade of incident response. The 90s saw the mass internetworking of previously sheltered IT systems and local…