28 Jun

Virtual1 select Opengear to deliver resiliency to its network operations

Opengear, a leading provider of solutions that deliver secure, resilient network access and automation to critical IT infrastructure, has announced that Virtual1, a major UK network services wholesaler has selected Opengear’s Smart OOB platform to provide remote console connectivity across its growing UK network.

With a network spanning 180 cities and towns across the UK, Virtual1 is fast becoming the UK’s leading Digital Service Provider. Working exclusively for the wholesale markets, Virtual1 operates an advanced platform delivering high capacity, low latency networking which is also privately connected to market-leading UC, SIP and Cloud solutions.
Reliability is a vital attribute as Rich Adam, head of architecture for Virtual1 explains: “Our network reaches around 75% of UK businesses and the criticality of network and internet access means that any outage or disruption can be incredibly damaging. As such, we take monitoring, proactive maintenance and rapid problem resolution incredibly seriously.”

With major data centres located in the UK’s largest cities, Virtual1 also maintains hundreds of additional sites housing core routing and switching technology.“We have traditionally used Cisco consoles server for remote management but our rapid growth required us to become more streamlined across areas such as cabling, space and power footprint,” explains Adam, “After looking at the market, Opengear offered us the best long-term option for out-of-band (OOB) connectivity – especially around flexibility.”

Working closely with Flow Communications, a highly regarded Opengear partner; Virtual1 has deployed a resilient OOB architecture that uses secondary DSL circuits and even traditional modems to provide a triple layer of resilient IP based accessibility to key switches, servers and PDUs across its network.

“Flow Communications provided everything from 32 port Opengear units at our main datacentres all the way down to 4 port models at smaller sites,” explains Adam. “In terms of day-to-day usage, alongside out-of-band console server, we also use the Opengear devices for port mirroring during diagnostic activities. Over the years, Opengear has proven incredibly reliable and robust when it has been called upon.”

The Virtual1 core network comprises over 350 routers and switches deployed nationwide providing service via Gigabit and 10Gb ports passing 7.5M premises, delivering a potential 15Tbps of capability. This infrastructure is supplemented with the 300th recently installed Opengear ACM7000 Remote Site Gateway appliance.

“We have consistently delivered industry leading services through our innovative architecture and partner centric approach,” says Adam, “and our investing in network management technologies such as Opengear is part of a long-term commitment to ensure that we continue to meet our customers’ expectation for the best price, performance and reliability.”
Alan Stewart Brown, VP sales EMEA for Opengear added, “Virtual1 is a fantastic example of a market leader that recognises the importance of always-on availability. Opengear is delighted that Virtual1 chose our technology to deliver the scalability and flexibility they need – whether it’s a major data centre or smallest remote site.”

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28 Jun

Smart Out of Band – Remote Access to critical devices any time, even when the network goes down

With Opengear’s Smart Out of Band Solutions, your customers can remote access to their critical devices any time, anywhere, even when the network goes down.

With Opengear’s Lighthouse Centralised Management Software, allows single pane of glass platform that enables engineers to seamlessly connect and manage all devices remotely.

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15 Dec

Did your customers handle the busiest time of year?

Christmas is one of the busiest times of the year for your Retail & Finance customers, so what happened if their IT network went down?

Did they have solutions in place enabling them to get their critical IT infrastructure back up and running quickly?

Connected customer services and 24-hour business models are putting increasing pressure on network infrastructures and are driving intelligence to the network edge.

As a result, the need for proactive monitoring and remediation are critical to maintaining operations.

With Opengear Smart Out-of-Band Management, your customers can deliver an always-on network with maximum uptime, with a solution that is quick to deploy, easy to manage and can scale to hundreds (or thousands) of branches and stores.

Industries who can benefit include retail, financial, healthcare, telecom and cloud services.

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28 Sep
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24 Mar

What is Smart Out-of-Band Management?

Smart OOB™ is out-of-band management, auto-response and remediation for network resilience raised to a new level

The continued exponential growth and increased complexity of IT infrastructure — M2M, Cloud Computing, Internet of Things — drives the need for smarter real-time decision-making, deeper data analysis, and more robust data storage at the network edge. The demand for always-on connectivity and resilience in the face of network failure events means that more is needed from out-of-band management. Rapid identification and remediation of connectivity issues between dispersed Internet-connected devices and remote infrastructure is critical.

Smart OOB out-of-band management with auto-response and remediation

Opengear delivers a new generation of remote management solutions to meet the growing necessities of always-on connectivity and resilience. By utilizing Opengear’s Smart OOB, businesses are able to monitor, access, and manage virtually any electronic device on their network — remotely and securely — from anywhere, even when the network is down. The unique combination of remote access and monitoring capabilities include auto-response and remediation, plus OOB over cell/dial and Failover to Cellular™ backup. All features are easily managed from a centralized console.

Out-of-band management is at the heart of network resilience, and Opengear continues to focus on Smart OOB solutions that keep critical infrastructure running by developing faster access and monitoring, with more efficient management and control, and wider decision-making options. By moving computation to the data, as opposed to moving data to the computation, Opengear gives businesses unmatched speed and effectiveness in managing remote devices.

Delivering resilience, remote troubleshooting and remediation to improve availability, uptime, and the efficiency of networks

Opengear provides automated remote management solutions that integrate the features needed to monitor, access, and control all critical infrastructure at all local and remote sites. From applications, computers and networking equipment, to security cameras, power supplies and door sensors Opengear ensures resilience, and does so intelligently. Smart OOB dashboards provide secure remote interaction with key data — such as statuses on power levels, network availability, server performance, temperature conditions, cage door positions, etc. — from any web interface, including via mobile phones and tablets.

Leveraging cellular for cost effectiveness

For many network environments, the traditional path to access network equipment has been through analog telephone lines.  The cost of service for analog lines becomes significant when managing a large number of devices and locations.  By leveraging an Opengear device’s embedded 4G LTE cellular, IT departments can free up budget by utilizing M2M data plans that may cost less than $10 per month.  The growing speed and reliability of 4G LTE also introduces a new level of confidence for admins when considering the need to access remote networks during a crisis.


  • Ensure infrastructure is accessible from anywhere — even during system or network outage
  • Proactively detect faults before they become failures by monitoring everything including the physical environment
  • Faster recovery from network and IT failures with Failover to Cellular
  • Minimises disruption and downtime, providing the highest levels of business continuity

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