15 May

Is your customer monitoring their rack environment?

It is not just about protecting datacentre equipment from high temperatures but also making sure as and when environmental changes occur, your customer can stay in control

Data room monitoring and management has now become universal although matching the requirement to the facility is very dependent on the software and hardware functionality as well as its availability.

There is no doubt that standard off the shelf hardware and software is a proven way of keeping down data room costs.

The management software controls and monitors the most critical hardware and cabinet security aspects, it views the data room as an interconnected environment controlling and monitoring cabinet level aspects such as physical security, power, cooling, environmental and management services. There is also a high degree of flexibility in both the software and hardware allowing for large or small data rooms as well as future system expansion.

Austin Hughes solution InfraGuard provides environmental management for the rack with an array of sensor options;

– Temperature & Humidity Sensor
– Smoke Detector
– Shock Sensor
– Water Sensor
– Door and Side Panel Alarms
– LED Lamp
– Beacon
– Plus, switching and monitoring of Power Distribution Units (PDUs)

Temperature Monitoring

The InfraGuard master box includes two large visual LED temperature monitoring windows. A further two other temperature monitors are also available directly from each PDU (the values from which can be viewed either via the software or on the PDU LCD screen itself) giving a potential of 10 temperature and humidity sensors per cabinet.

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25 May

Whatsupp? How 4G is Creating Opportunities for IT VAR’s

If you’re a business with new premises, in most European countries you’ll face a lengthy delay in getting a broadband connection in a time frame that suits your needs.

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Your workforce may be able to function using cellular technology, but what if that location has no IT staff and you have a server room of IT equipment. How can you access, diagnose and fix any issues remotely? You can’t!

This may be an extreme example, however in the digital economy there is a greater need for redundancy in business critical networks and for the ability to maintain availability. Standard remote management redundancy is no longer enough.

The Edge

Enabling technical staff to connect to IT equipment remotely via 4G through console servers is a big growth market. Largely driven by a greater level of critical applications at the Edge, the organisation needs to be able to remotely keep availability up to keep costs down as well as maintaining user productivity and brand reputation. Also where there is no possibility, need or desire to have a fixed line connection it is important for IT personnel to be able to remotely connect to sites.

4G or not 4G, that is the question?

So the simple solution is to build a console server with a built in 4G connection right? Wrong! Many server rooms are deep within, or underneath buildings, many data center managers do not want a 4G connection in the data center to manage. The flexible option is to provide the 4G access but to decouple the switch from the 4G access point and connection through CAT5.


Vertiv partnered with Cradlepoint (a global leader in 4G LTE and cloud services) to give customers the most flexible 4G options for connection. Reliability of service was the key priority in selecting Cradlepoint. In addition, Cradelpoint’s “Enterprise Cloud Management” enables the user to consolidate, view and push firmware to all their Cradlepoint devices from one source.

Simple connection via a VPN tunnel, flexibility on auto or manual fail over. Vertiv’s Avocent ACS Console Server just got more connected.

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25 May
03 May

Introducing the all-new diskAshur range from iStorage

iStorage announce the launch of the all-new diskAshur HDD/SSD range:

– diskAshur2

– diskAshur PRO2

– diskAshur DT2

3 new product lines, 41 SKUs with advanced data security, physical security, more certifications (all pending at this stage), unique designs and customisation options (4 colours available as standard on the diskAshur2). Our new hard drive/SSD range have an on-board secure microprocessor which is Common Criteria EAL4+ Ready.

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iStorage delivers market leading innovations in portable data storage and digital encryption technology.

By combining the power of strong, easy to use authentication and hardware data encryption, we provide the highest level of protection available against theft or loss of confidential data.

iStorage solutions are PIN activated, hardware encrypted and extremely easy to use. When sensitive data needs storing or transporting hardware encryption offers the most secure solution. Connected via USB and secured with an alphanumeric PIN, all iStorage devices are ultra-secure and platform independent.


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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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14 Dec

Opengear Remote Site Gateway – New SKUs

Opengear announces additional SKUs for the Remote Site Gateway, the secure solution for Remote Site Management. The Remote Site Gateway ensures uptime at enterprise branch offices and remote sites as well as identifies and remediates issues at the network edge before they become failures. Opengear Smart OOBTM delivers secure access to your branch offices and remote sites when manual intervention is needed.

The benefits of this product family include:

4 to 8 Console Ports
4 USB ports
Hardened Operating Temperature -25°C to 60°C
On-board Digital I/O
Optional PSTN Modem (-M model)
Dual SFP/GbE on (8-2-M model)
Powerful CPU and Memory
Compact Form Factor

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