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LISA 2014 Experience

Large Install System AdministratorsScreen Shot 2014-11-24 at 5.41.24 PM (LISA) show is one of my favorite events and this year it was in one of my favorite cities, Seattle. Seattle is home to Microsoft, Starbucks, Amazon, Costco, Nordstrom, Outerwall, F5 and so many others. The 1,110 attendees were the most since 2007. They are smart and as diverse as any crowd I have been around. No one at this show cares if your hair is green, red or purple nor do they care if you are wearing a full-length fur coat or kilt with combat boots. The people here run the largest networks in the world and they do it with precision and efficiency.

There was a broad list of interesting topics at LISA 2014, however Opengear also created quite a stir with the release of the CM7100, an ideal product for large data centers and labs looking for performance at a great value. It doesn’t hurt any of these hacker’s feelings that it is also (more…)

Retailers Target Cyber Crime

I know we say it all the time and it begins to sound cliché, but Opengear offers the most Screen Shot 2014-03-11 at 9.50.42 PMsecure remote access solution on the market today.  Whether you are accessing the device over the LAN/WAN, a secondary management LAN or a cellular out-of-band management connection you can be assured that Opengear has the most hardened security features to defend against cyber crimes.

Last week a customer of Opengear authorized me to share his experience with Opengear and how it could have blocked a similar cyber attack that Target experienced last year. (more…)

Why Cellular Out-Of-Band Management Is Better Than DSL

Screen Shot 2014-02-22 at 2.58.26 PMThe other day I was talking with a network engineer from a large hosting company in Denver, CO. He was looking for a cellular out-of-band management device to attach to a router, switch and firewall for a remote data center location. We discussed the ACM5004-GV-E, our Verizon version, as he wanted to try the product he has heard many of his peers say is “the best OOBM device on the market today.”

After a discussion about the limitless hardware and software features the product offers, I asked him what he is using today for OOBM. His response actually stunned me. 6 months ago they ordered a 128k DSL line from their CLEC (a well known name) for $125/month as an OOBM circuit to these devices. It still had not been installed so he decided it was time to call Opengear. With data plans as low as $5/month and the ability to activate the ACM5004-GV-E within 24 hours of receiving it, he decided to cancel his DSL line order and buy a new Opengear cellular product. (more…)