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The Necessity Of Network Resilience in a Distributed Enterprise

distributed network with headquarters and multiple branch offices on a hexagonal gridThe choice of a distributed architecture for an organization is usually determined by the business requirement to support its remote office base at the same level as its main office. Branch offices broaden the reach of the business and are usually a sign of successful business growth. However once the decision to expand with branch offices has been taken, these offices instantly increase the responsibility of the IT/Network Manager who has to ensure (more…)

Out-Of-Band Management Delivers Business Resilience

Network downtime is frustrating and very costly to millions of businesses all over the world. Recent network outages at the NYSE, United Airlines and the Wall Street Journal highlight opportunities where out-of-band systems might have helped mitigate the costs and frustrations of network downtime.

Opengear developed this infographic to help illustrate the issues involved and the potential risks that can be mitigated with a solid out-of-band management strategy: (more…)

Opengear, the Next Big Thing in Out-Of-Band Management

So one might ask, who’s the best?

This question seems to get asked a lot as people make many important purchases; a new TV, car, smartphone, or even a console server, wink-wink. Research is an important part of the purchasing cycle. So, if you have been considering the purchase of an out-of-band management (OOBM) solution for your networks, you’ve definitely come to the right place. Within this report, you will find we do all the legwork for you.

There are a few important factors that go into purchasing a top-notch OOBM solution. Wasting no time, here they are. (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…)