02 Mar

KVM & Consoles explained

As a Value Add Distributor, we want to give you the tools to be able to talk about the products we are offering with confidence to our customers and help you easily add them to your day to day opportunities and increase your deal size.

Here we explain exactly what Console & KVM’s are, what they do, along with features and benefits to your customer.

KVM (Keyboard Video Mouse) switches are used to access and control multiple IT devices from a single input keyboard, video monitor, and mouse, saving a great deal of time, space and power.

KVM over IP Switches are designed to enable remote access to servers across a LAN/WAN, the Internet or even ISDN/56K modem. KVM over IP devices also enable out of band management enabling remote power cycling and BIOS-level access to remote locations or within a datacentre.

There are two types of KVMs, each technology has its advantages.

Digital KVM

•    Easy to integrate with existing network infrastructure
•    User access without distance limitations
•    Multiple users can log in and gain concurrent access to collaborate on the same device
•    Unlimited expandability with a uniform, predictable cost per added switch

Analog KVM

•  Ultimate security of isolation from the WAN/Internet
•  Does no need any fixed IP addresses or router ports for deployment
•  Potential for more users to access different devices on one switch
•  Real-time (instantaneous) video and mouse response
•  Utmost video quality; faster support for high pixel resolutions & colour depth
•  Lower cost per port

Serial Console Server

Serial Console Servers provide secure, remote access to IT assets and console port management for serial-based servers and network appliances.

Sometimes referred to as a serial terminal server, provide datacentre managers secure remote management of Cisco routers, switches and firewalls, Solaris, Windows, Unix and Linux servers, PBXs or any device with a serial console port.

Serial Console Servers enable IT professionals and network operations centre personnel to easily perform secure remote datacentre management and out-of-band management of IT assets from anywhere in the world.

•    Manage IT assets from virtually anywhere even during system or network outages
•    Out of Band management to monitor & respond to globally distributed networks from a central location at any given time
•    Maximise uptime and continuity with real time notifications and access
•    Minimise system disruptions and mean time to repair (MTTR)
•    Save time and minimise cost with smart and consolidated management

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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 😁







    #Funfacts #ThursdayThoughts #LSLowry

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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.”

    To read the review click here


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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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    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.

    Download the latest brochure here from Opengear

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    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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    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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