IT infrastructure is the backbone of an enterprise, providing the necessary foundation to achieve organizational goals. Whether it’s traditional, hyperconverged or in the cloud, network engineers require always-on access to all of these applications and components to ensure business continuity. That’s why organizations are continuing to understand the importance of investing in an overall solution that enables network resilience.
More than 75% of Fortune 500 organizations trust their network to Opengear on the First Day, Worst Day and Every Day – for good reason. Could it be our customer-led innovation? Purpose-built design? Or maybe it’s our future-focused platform. Whatever the reasoning, for more than two decades we’ve established ourselves as the market leader.
Networks need Opengear – and here’s why.
Your networks, organizational goals and customer expectations are constantly evolving – well, so are our solutions. To meet your current demands and anticipate future ones, we’ve got some new additions to the Network Resilience Platform.
Lighthouse Software Solution
The starting point for navigating your Out of Band network and more, Lighthouse Software allows network engineers to manage their device effortlessly. Unlike error-prone, manual methods that can result with challenges when it comes to data integrity and efficiency, Lighthouse provides a clear view across your network.
Enabling centralized provisioning, delivering one source of truth and providing the ability to scale, organizations have unparalleled visibility of connected resources. Our award-winning Lighthouse software manages all your console servers and provides access to your console ports via connected appliances at each location. As an API-driven platform, it gives secure access to remote networks regardless of how they’re connected or how a user interacts with the system.
In combination with console servers with automation capabilities, Lighthouse can push and manage Docker containers to each remote location to provide additional functionality and automation.
You can even leverage an added security layer and permission controls with integrated authentication via SAML (Okta, OneLogin, Auth0 and Azure Active Directory and Authentication, Authorization, and Accounting (AAA) protocols (TACACS, RADIUS and LDAP).
When deployed across a distributed enterprise of data centers and edge locations, Lighthouse is the control center of a comprehensive Network Resilience Platform, independent of the production network.
CM8100 Console Server
The CM8100 is the newest addition to our Network Resilience platform. Network engineers with dense IT environments need a device that ensures efficient management of their complex environments. The CM8100 10G brings simplified integration, reduced overhead, and easy cabling. Without it? Network engineers would have to roll a truck or use some type of Top of Rack switch.
Unlike traditional console servers that provide limited security and connectivity, CM8100 10G can manage up to 96 serial devices and connect directly to high-speed networks. It also simplifies configuration with au-port discovery and reduces cable clutter with selectable serial ports.
Features and benefits of the CM8100 include:
- 2U, single-side, 96-port configuration: Traditional ports are on the back end of a unit and can make accessing them in those deep cabinets difficult. Our 2U design makes it easier to see, reach, and use those 96 ports.
- Cost Effective: Data centers have to be secure, handle large data loads and maintain optimal performance while controlling costs. We offer competitively priced appliances with 2 and 4-year warranties, along with an advanced RMA program.
- Fanless Design: To be aligned with today’s social and environmental responsibility initiatives, organizations must make sustainable choices. The CM8100 console servers require 1/3 the power, ensuring they generate 2/3 less heat requiring less power and cooling (15 watts vs. 45 watts). Our devices are built with highest reliability in mind, so they don’t active cooling fans inside the appliance, even in a 50C operating environment.
- Less PDUs: To control power in data center environments, networking professionals opt for switched PDUs. As more devices are deployed, organizations need additional support, increasing the investment needed. The CM8100 reduces cost with condensed topology.
If you’re still using End of Life hardware, you’re putting your enterprise at risk. Legacy solutions and applications are a reality for most. For any company investing in cloud initiatives, end-of-life (EOL) becomes even more complex.
OM1200 and OM2200 Operations Manager
The OM1200 and OM2200 allows network engineers to leverage advanced automation capabilities and Smart Out of Band in one device. Configured specifically for edge locations, the OM1200 supports emerging requirements while the OM2200 is purpose-built for the data center.
- Support standard Docker containers and a Python runtime environment, to automate processes with an X86 CPU
- Protect against configuration and firmware tampering with a TPM 2.0 chip that secures a boot process
- Have an open architecture, based on Linux operating system supporting standard DevOps tools, including Ansible, Docker and Python
- Offer an embedded LTE-A Pro cellular module for global access
- Have Smart OOB™, including automated port discovery and VLAN support
When hardware or software reaches EOL, there’s no more support, no more updates, no bug fixes – nothing. Without these, devices become vulnerable to hackers and unreliable. Regulatory scrutiny is on the rise, so compliance with regulatory requirements isn’t an option. GDPR, PCI, SOX and HIPPA are just a few examples of standards requiring that all technologies being deployed must be supported.
Compliance risks on EOL systems are similar to cybersecurity risks. By failing compliance requirements with legacy systems, a business can face large fines, specifically in the event of a data breach.
The costs of maintaining and bug-fixing any post-EOL software is expensive. Patching a device can often exceed what it would cost to replace with a new device.
Chances are, if you’re still running legacy apps or old versions of Windows, then you’ve got some aging servers and workstations hanging around the office too… adding to your risk because these likely out-of-warranty devices are prone to breaking down. Consider that downtime alone could be more costly than an overdue upgrade.
Mitigating Risk For EOL Technologies
To reduce all the risks associated with EOL devices – consider upgrading. Opengear’s Network Resilience Platform is the leading solution used by engineers. Our award-winning solutions have the advanced capabilities needed on the First Day, Worst Day and Every Day. Leverage the latest Smart Out of Band and automation technologies for truly resilient networks.
Networks Need Opengear