A Console Switch that Provides Convenience AND Security

In any large network application, a console switch is an extremely useful tool for remote management of devices at far away network installations and equipment sites. Console switch products eliminate or reduce the need for expensive service calls to remote sites, by providing an avenue for out of band management and allowing network administrators to monitor environmental and operating conditions without actually traveling to each network site in person.

An intelligently designed and deployed console switch solution allows you to access servers, routers, switches and other network devices in order to check status, collect data, or correct problems. There’s no debating the value of the remote management functions provided by a console switch, but it’s also plain to see how important it is to make certain that your console server has adequate security measures to prevent unauthorized users from gaining access to the same vital network devices that you need to manage.

That’s why WTI console server products feature a diverse array of security and authentication features, including TACACS+, Radius, LDAP and SSL. When properly configured, all of these features can work together to provide a multi-layered approach to security and authentication, making it nearly impossible for hackers and others to gain access.

The encryption capabilities provided by SSL can be particularly useful in applications that require a secure connection within an unsecured network. SSL encryption ensures that even if packets are intercepted by unauthorized personnel, the data contained within still remains encoded, undecipherable and safe from prying eyes. When the encryption capabilities of SSL are combined with the authentication capabilities of TACACS+, Radius and LDAP it presents an almost unconquerable barrier to those who would try to gain unauthorized access to console server functions. The main convenience of SSL encryption is that it provides quick and easy access to console server functions while also ensuring a secure connection.

Out of band management provides an indispensable tool for network administrators who need to manage and monitor remote network devices, but as valuable as out of band management is, it’s only effective when proper security measures are included to prevent unauthorized access to critical network equipment. When choosing a console switch product, security is always as important as convenience, and it pays to make certain that the console switch that you choose includes adequate security authentication features to ensure that the console server doesn’t create new network security problems while solving existing remote management challenges.

Western Telematic, Inc. (WTI) designs and manufactures remote device management products for IT applications. WTI’s Serial Console Server products, Remote Reboot products, Switched PDU products and A/B Fallback products are engineered to allow you to securely manage and troubleshoot rack equipment in remote locations.

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