Opengear Announces Growth and Industry Validation for Open Source Console Servers

Opengear ( a leading provider of next-generation console server and KVM over IP solutions, today announced that it saw significant growth and industry validation in 2009. 

“We made great strides in 2009 expanding our open source product line so that we could bring better out-of-band management to remote offices and at the same time increase the availability of our products in the government sector through FIPS 140-2 and a GSA contract,” said Todd Rychecky, VP of Sales and Marketing of Opengear. “Globally, it was an economically challenging year; however we feel the development work our team invested in made 2009 a great success and we look forward to continued growth in 2010.”

As a key component in Linode’s network architecture, Opengear’s console servers allow them to consistently deliver the high level of performance and availability required to support today’s Internet infrastructure needs.

Highlights of 2009 included:

Opengear doubled North American revenue as well as global revenue with more than 200 new corporate end users including AAA and MaxGaming, a subsidiary of Tatts Group, Opengear’s first million dollar deal.

Opengear open source console servers moved into many more government installations due to FIPS140-2 validation and a new 5 year GSA Contract for federal buyers.

Opengear increased its product line to help IT managers better manage remote offices with the launch of the ACM5000 product line.

Opengear signed up 57 new channel partners and was voted one of the most promising open source channel partner programs by leading channel publication The VAR Guy.

Opengear was featured in several positive reviews by leading IT publications and end users, including InfoWorld and

Opengear Endorsements:
Opengear saw a number of partners and reviewers step forward in the past year to articulate their favorable experience with Opengear products. Here is a sampling of those quotes: 

Jeremy Stretch
Founder –
“I have been thoroughly pleased with the capabilities of this console server…Opengear’s CM4000 series is an ideal solution for both critical out-of-band console access and robust lab management.” 

Brian Chee
Product Reviewer – InfoWorld
“Budget-beating, out-of-band management. Opengear’s all-in-one appliance combines service processor aggregation, serial console, and environmental monitoring at a nice price.” 

Rick Dimmick
Senior Systems Architect and Network and Systems Management – AAA National Office
“AAA National Office provides managed firewall services to AAA Clubs and needed an out-of-band management solution to the remote firewall. Opengear provided a solution that fit perfectly, allowing secure remote console connectivity to remote firewalls for management for a very reasonable price via the internet or dialup.” 

Thomas Asaro
Vice President – Linode
“Opengear console servers are one of the most critical parts of our infrastructure. Having Opengear CM4148s attached to all of our equipment gives us the independence to quickly diagnose and deal with issues ourselves, rather than waiting for on-site staff. Opengear helps us with configuration management, out-of-band system administration, and system health monitoring. Opengear CM4148 console servers have enabled us to build a centralized, real-time console message logging system, allowing us to monitor for critical patterns and search console messages.” 

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About Opengear

Opengear delivers secure, resilient access and automation to critical IT infrastructure, even when the network is down. Provisioning, orchestration and remote management of network devices, through innovative software and appliances, enables technical staff to manage their data centers and remote network locations reliably and efficiently. Opengear’s business continuity solutions are trusted by global organizations across financial, digital communications, retail and manufacturing industries. The company is headquartered in New Jersey, with R&D centers in Silicon Valley and Brisbane, Australia. For more information please visit

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