Out-of-Band Management Featured ArticleOctober 22, 2012
Opengear Takes its Out of Band Management to Network Field Day
Network Field Day in San Jose, Cal. brings together influencers that attract vendors and delegates in wireless networking and out of band management from around the world. Opengear (News - Alert) was proud to be a sponsor at the event and not surprisingly, was mentioned during a workshop by industry insiders who were impressed with the functionality of Opengear’s console server device.
During the Network Field Day, Opengear representatives presented the company’s out of band management solutions; console servers and remote access solutions that help administrators manage their network infrastructure remotely. Opengear reps also talked about their hardware products that compliment centralized management platforms for easy access to devices that are located in the data center and/or remotely.
Opengear has only been around for about eight years, getting its start selling console servers. But they’ve recently made bigger strides in getting involved in cellular technologies and out of band management. Their expansion has necessitated establishing offices in London, Brisbane, and several major cities in the States.
Opengear is an open source company, founded on open source principles. The appliances are powered by an open Linux platform, which is of great value to many in the industry. Participants at the Network Field Day workshop spoke about the many applications available through Opengear, the variety of use cases, and the ability to remote access devices.
One participant commented that the console server is marketed as a remote access gateway, but it’s really a general purpose Linux box with a web interface for administrative activities and has a cell modem, all of which makes it incredibly flexible.
“On the box it says console server, which I think wildly undersells what this thing is capable of,” said the participant. “They’re very humble.”
Another participant commented that Opengear’s open source products are “contributing back” to the industry. “They are stimulating and supporting an ecosystem while creating a product that has a range of uses outside of what it is intended for.”
Opengear’s out of band management and out of band power control have impressed many in the industry. Their console servers allow administrators to use remote out of band management access to serial and network attached and embedded power control devices. If a problem occurs, the network-controlled PDU can be securely accessed and the issue can be resolved.
From the advanced console manager (ACM5000) to the environmental monitoring device (EMD5000), Opengear has a device for nearly every solution, and will likely be a sponsor at future Network Field Day conferences.
Edited by Stefanie Mosca
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