Why You Need Out-of-Band Management

System outages can result from cyberattacks, human error, or any number of environmental conditions. A wide range of network elements can also cause outages. Cable interconnects, power supplies, switches, dense compute chassis, storage arrays, and even air conditioning are potential sources of problems. And network devices are only increasing in complexity, with software stacks that are frequently updated and susceptible to bugs, exploits, and cyberattacks.

If your primary network becomes unavailable, do all parts of your network, from data centers and branches to edge networks and IoT devices, have connection resilience? As your business grows, your network becomes increasingly complex and new deployments or acquisitions may lack the ability to connect seamlessly through the internet.

Out-of-Band gives you an alternate way to connect to your remote equipment such as routers, switches, and servers through the management plane, without directly accessing the device’s production IP address in the data plane and independent of the primary ISP connection your company uses. This Out-of-Band path is completely separate from the production network and allows administrators to securely monitor, access, and manage all devices without interfering with normal operations, and even more importantly, without having to allow data plane level access to the management plane.

Download Opengear’s White Paper “Why You Need Out-Of-Band Management” here.

Find out more about the Opengear Out-of-Band solution portfolio on their website or contact your local Exclusive Networks Account Manager to learn more.