Opengear: Smart Solutions for Resilient Networks

Summary:

IT infrastructure is facing a variety of challenges in the years to come, and a dynamic, evolving approach to these challenges is needed to keep pace. Learn about Opengear directly from its leaders, including their best practices, business philosophy, and what it has planned in the future to keep it on the edge.

Transcript:

Narrator:
Those who manage IT infrastructure like network administrators are facing many challenges in years to come. They’re dealing with cloud implementation and management. The Internet is so very many things, and an ever-expanding and moving network edge.
What can a solutions company like Opengear do to simplify things for network admins? Well, we can continue to do what we’ve always done, and we can do some entirely different things. Let’s start with what we’ve always done:
Gary Marks:
We’ve done a lot of exciting things, developed a lot of technology, really focused on listening to our customers and delivering the best, most cost-effective, comprehensive, feature-rich products in the marketplace.
Bob Waldie:
We really like being engaged with the network administrators and their customers. And more importantly, we’ve got a lot of informal processes that if people have an idea, they want a customized solution, they want us to come and work with them, help them architect. We’re really keen to participate with their customer, with potential customers, with other technologists. So that view of community and engagement, we really, really harken to, you know, “Give us a call. Shoot us an e-mail.” That’s part of the key part of the fun part of the business growth.
Narrator:
Now, some entirely different things:
Gary Marks:
The next ten years of Opengear is going to be equally, if not more exciting for us. We’re going to focus on continuing to deliver on this ability to eliminate any of the borders that exist out of the network — to be able to provide seamless, vendor-neutral, ubiquitous technology that allows network infrastructure to be able to remain at 100% efficiency. To be able to manage it remotely, to be able to access information, make decisions based upon this information, and be able to improve the network infrastructure that exists out there.
Bob Waldie:
When we entered the market, out-of-band was about out-of-band access, out-of-band serial access to serial ports. When we talk about out-of-band, we talk about out-of-band management. We aren’t just managing the consoles — the serial console ports — we’re managing all the consoles: the network consoles, the USB devices. We’re not just managing the IT infrastructure — we’re managing the power, the physical environment, the security environment, the physical security environment of the sites. And we’ve really totally extended the scope of out-of-band from where it came, where it was ten years ago.
Probably more importantly from just the capacity to communicate is you can do it real-time. You can do it no matter where the corrective action is to be taken, you can notify someone, and if they’re not there, we’ve got the smarts in our device that we can actually take alternate notifications.
Rick Stevenson:
So as compute moves to the edge, life becomes more complex. We’re trying to solve complex problems by doing that. Latency and reliability the huge growth of the Internet of Things, and as it becomes more complex, it becomes more of a management problem, and you need more sophisticated techniques to manage it. I think Opengear has the products and the solutions that allow you to manage those devices and to make sure that thought computing continues to deliver on its promise and also the Internet of things.
Narrator:
Learn how Opengear solutions can help simplify your IT infrastructure management. Visit Opengear.com.

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