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13 Jan

Network Resilience Starts With Opengear Smart Out-of-Band

The way that most enterprises do business has drastically changed in the past few months. However, one aspect for success that has remained constant is the need for continuous uptime. In fact, Network Resilience has never been more important. This concept begins with the idea that every organisation needs secure, always on remote access to their critical devices.

IoT initiatives, the rise of connectivity and the ongoing migration to the cloud has caused every industry to become more virtualised. Add in the increase of employees working from home and the difficulty of traveling to remote locations, and the network becomes more dispersed and more challenging to manage. These all create more vulnerabilities which can increase the likelihood of an outage. Opengear, the leader in Network Resilience, conducted an independent research study of 500 senior IT decision makers. In it, more than half stated that they had four outages in a year. It also stated, that nearly one third, had lost more than $1 million in the past year due to network outages – a cost that most enterprises can’t afford.

What are some outage causes? Human error, cyber-attacks and environmental conditions are a few factors. However, one of the most common causes is the vulnerability of the primary network’s last mile. All of the network traffic for an office, branch or remote site are funneled through single links. The amount of data that can be transmitted to an enterprises’ ISP is based on the links’ bandwidth. This bottle neck can lead to network congestion, leaving an organisation exposed to cyber-attacks and human error which can lead to an outage, causing downtime.

Any amount of downtime can have a significant impact on customer experience, revenue and business operations. To avoid this, many enterprises choose to use an Out-of-Band management solution.

In-Band and Out-of-Band
Before we get into why an organisation would want to use Out-of-Band, let’s talk about network management overall. There are two primary ways to manage a network, In-Band and Out-of-Band.

In-Band Management is when devices are managed through protocols like a telnet or SSH connection to a router or by using some kind of SNMP based tools. Data, production and management traffic use the same path for communicating various elements, so for most enterprises this approach isn’t enough. When an outage does occur and you don’t have an alternative path to the primary network, you’ll get locked out of the management plane. This increases security vulnerabilities and makes sure that none of your devices can be reached.

Out-of-Band management with Opengear is very simple. It gives you another way to securely connect to remote equipment when an outage occurs. Acting as an alternative or secondary access path, when paired with Failover to Cellular, enterprises have enough bandwidth to identify the issue and remediate it – all without interrupting normal business operations or having to step on-site. This means no truck rolls, no late runs to a remote site. This has always been a need for organisations of all types. However, as deployments for distributed, remote sites increase and with current travel restrictions, Out-of-Band is a necessity for network engineers.

The Network Resilience Platform
Opengear’s Network Resilience Platform provides always on, secure access for Day One provisioning, every day device management and when the primary network goes down. The platform includes Smart OOBTM Console Servers, and NetOps Console Servers which are centrally orchestrated through Lighthouse Management Software. Placing a console server at every location creates an independent management plane where engineers can access the network at all times. Using standard NetOps tools such as Docker containers and a Python runtime environment, these appliances can also be used to automate repetitive processes and add a layer of intelligence to the network.

Organisations Who Use Opengear’s Network Resilience Platform
Who can use Opengear’s Network Resilience Platform? Anyone can. Right now, over 75% of Fortune 500 companies rely on Opengear – as well as thousands of global Public & Private Sector organisations.

What challenges can be solved by deploying an Opengear Smart Out-of-Band solution?

  • Ensure Remote connectivity
  • Reduce systems outages
  • Cyber-security attacks
  • Address disaster recovery
  • Reduce downtime
  • Provision new or reconfigure existing sites
  • Enable Secure remote access
  • Complete network refreshes
  • Ensure Business continuity
  • Meet Service Level Agreements
  • Overcome Site access/travel bans
  • Reduce Response times – mean time to repair
  • Meet security & compliance requirements
  • Add to SD-WAN deployments
  • Manage more IT with less resources
  • Remediate Network & IT team staffing shortages

Out-of-Band is the network for network engineers. When an outage occurs, it’ll keep you and your enterprise running. Opengear’s solutions are here for your Day One Provisioning needs, every day management and when the network goes down.
So the question is, how can Opengear help you and your network needs?

To learn more about Opengear products, contact us today.

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12 Aug

Partnership announcement

Belkin Cybersecurity is pleased to announce a partnership with MB Technology. MB Technology is focussed on a wide range of IT Infrastructure products and are the great partner to support Belkin Cybersecurity in the UK market.

Belkin Cybersecurity is currently launching a brand new, innovative secure KVM portfolio based on the latest Common Criteria Profile, PP4.0. Through this partnership we can continue to meet the increased demand of Secure KVM solutions in defence, police, intel agencies, finance and utilities.

Belkin’s National Account Manager CyberSecurity, Farooq Ahmed says “MB Technology brings a wealth of experience to the networking arena. Their organisational set up allows them to be pro-active towards the broad customer base that they serve, and we feel that their can-do mentality complements the Belkin drive to win in this space.”

Learn more about Belkin Secure Solutions here

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30 Mar

Staying Undefeated by Downtime Case Study

For i3D.Net, the leading provider of high-performance hosting and global infrastructure services, network resilience is a necessity. With thousands of servers spread across the world, they required a Smart Out-of-Band solution to maintain its complex operation.

Deploying Opengear solutions have allowed them to stay one step ahead of any pending network failures. Providing agility and reliability, they are able to maintain their high standards as they expand their global locations.

To learn more about how Opengear keeps i3D.Net undefeated by downtime, read the case study

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11 Mar

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09 Jan

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    25 Jul

    A little interesting fact about where we are located…

    Lowry Mill, was built in 1883 and is the only mill left standing out of seven in the district. Tens of thousands of local people passed through the doors in the manufacturing heydays, including some of our grandparents.

    The mill is named after famous artist L.S. Lowry (1887-1976) who was born soon after the mill was brought into service and from the age of 25 lived a few hundred yards away at 117 Station Road.

    The Mill, still retains its tall mill tower and is a Victorian masterpiece standing on 2.4 acres of land adjacent to the Borough Bowling Green. Following a multi-million investment programme, Lowry Mill is once again humming with the sound of workers 😁

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    11 Apr

    Read the iStorage diskAshur PRO² Review

    iStorage diskAshur PRO² was featured in a roundup of the Top USB drives to keep your data secure on https://www.techradar.com – the largest UK-based consumer technology news and reviews site.

    “diskAshur’s products are some of the best secure drives on the market, and the diskAshur Pro is the company’s best external hard drive yet. The key selling point of the diskAshur Pro is its physical keypad that will only grant access to the data stored within upon entering a PIN number. Asides from the physical security (which extends to IP56 water and dust resistance and even a self-destruct feature), the diskAshur Pro also comes with some enviable encryption, sporting XTS-AES 256-bit real-time full disk hardware encryption and EDGE technology to offer even more levels of safety.”

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    09 Jul

    Opengear Unveils New NetOps Automation Platform at Cisco Live

    The vendor-neutral NetOps Automation platform – now available in beta – combines expanded capabilities of the award-winning Lighthouse 5 software with innovative NetOps modules, and the new OM2000 Operations Manager appliance

    Opengear (www.opengear.com), a leading provider of solutions that deliver secure, resilient network access and automation to critical IT infrastructure, today announced its integrated NetOps Automation platform that will offer enterprises a full-featured network automation solution to significantly streamline network and infrastructure operations. Opengear is announced the beta availability of the solution at Cisco Live, Cisco’s annual IT and communications conference, held June 10-14 in Orlando, Florida.

    As the popularity and adoption of NetOps evolves, its inherent network virtualization carries increased risk to data center infrastructure and heightens the need to correctly provision, configure, remediate, and automate distributed networks. With the NetOps Automation platform, Opengear builds on its industry leadership pioneering cellular-enabled out-of-band access, monitoring, and remediation to now provide secure, automated, and vendor-neutral network provisioning, remote configuration, and orchestration purpose-built for NetOps use cases.

    The NetOps Automation platform leverages expanded capabilities within Opengear’s award-winning Lighthouse 5 centralized management system, and a growing array of NetOps module applications. It also introduces the new OM2000 Operations Manager, in combination with Opengear’s existing solutions for network resilience,

    • Opengear’s Lighthouse 5 centralized management software aggregates an organization’s entire out-of-band infrastructure, enabling local or remote users to quickly and securely access any connected console via an HTTPS web interface or SSH connection. Opengear’s remote management solutions provide Lighthouse 5 with this access, utilizing embedded cellular connectivity within Opengear’s Smart OOB™ and Failover to Cellular™ technologies to reach devices even when the main network connection is down.
    • The first of Opengear’s task-specific NetOps modules – the Secure Provisioning module that allows enterprises to provision infrastructure at remote sites through an automated process and without any need for on-site technicians – is available in beta today and is targeted for general release in September 2018. Other modules will follow.
    • The NetOps Automation platform utilizes a fully open architecture, including a Git-based file repository within Lighthouse 5, Ansible integration to provide orchestration and enable automated IT workflows, a RESTful API, Docker integration, and a Linux software base.
    • With the OM2000 Operations Manager, Opengear is introducing the first appliance specifically designed to address the unique challenges created by the evolution of NetOps practices. The central feature of the OM2000 is a cryptographic TPM chip that ensures security by detecting and preventing tampering with the hardware, firmware, software, configurations, or VPN keys. The OM2000 also allows teams to run applications on the appliance or on Lighthouse 5 using Docker containers, which make it easy to deploy and run applications at the network edge.

     

    “The NetOps Automation platform is designed to give enterprises with large networks a clear, reliable, and secure way to achieve full network automation every single time, and avoid the need for experienced network staff at every location” said Marcio Saito, CTO, Opengear. “By combining Lighthouse 5, the OM2000 Operations Manager and our Secure Provisioning NetOps module, along with standard Opengear appliances, businesses can now ship critical hardware to locations with no IT staff or network connectivity. They can then connect to it via the embedded cellular connection, and manage automated provisioning that gets that site up and running with no further intervention required. We believe this will give many more organizations what they need to vastly simplify their network and infrastructure operations.

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    12 Apr

    Opengear ensures uptime in Datacentres

    Resilience is critical as the world gets smarter and the security challenges become more complex

    Opengear ensures uptime in Datacentres, in colocation facilities and remote sites, and out to the very edges of the network.

    Console servers and Out of Band Management for network resiliency with secure access to keep critical IT infrastructure, safe, reliable and efficient

    Reliable networks for wherever the data lives, protecting critical IT and remote communications and infrastructure

    Opengear are the muscle behind the devices of the Internet of Things

    When the world changes Opengear is right there supporting the IT infrastructure to keep the entire network running

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    11 Apr

    Flexible Networks Across Remote Locations

    SD-WAN Deployments Need Out-of-Band Visibility

    SD-WAN provides lower cost, secure network connections across corporate and regional locations, based on the simplified architecture of SDN. But without an Out-of-Band backup, SD-WAN has an Achilles heel.

    Flexible Networks Across Remote Locations

    SD-WAN is the application of Software Defined Networking (SDN) to create a smarter, more agile Wide Area Network, able to support the increasingly sophisticated distribution of networking devices across multiple locations and remote sites, whether that’s branch offices, manufacturing locations or retail stores. It provides the flexibility to change the network configuration and logical topology without changing the physical infrastructure, and allows the creation of virtual network groups across sites, independent of where people are geographically located.

    Key benefits of SD-WAN:

    • Increased flexibility of network configuration, with reduced complexity
    • Quick deployment of new network locations using zero touch provisioning
    • Seamless management of distributed team members with Virtual Local Area Networks across multiple locations
    • Reduced cost by leveraging commodity hardware and eliminating expensive private network circuits
    • Secure connection of standard broadband via a dynamic VPN tunnel
    • Balances traffic across multiple technologies (broadband, 4G LTE) without the need for dedicated MPLS circuits
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