Archive for the ‘out of band management’ Category

Secure, Reliable Out-of-Band Management for Oil Tanker Applications

Monday, October 13th, 2014

Unresponsive network elements on oil tankers can present a bit of a challenge to both on-board and shore based tech support personnel … especially if that oil tanker is currently at sea. When a router or firewall crashes and takes down important navigation, helideck monitoring or communication systems with it, network administrators need to be able to act fast to restore normal operation before safety issues ensue. There’s often no time to fly in a tech support team or take off on a trek to the other end of the ship to investigate problems in a remote equipment enclosure; NOC personnel need an out-of-band management solution that can deal with the problem at once.

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Effective Remote Management of Network Devices in Oil and Gas Industry Applications

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

The task of managing network equipment in oil and gas industry applications often involves dealing with problems at facilities and equipment enclosures that are miles and miles away from the central office. When a crucial network element located at a distant oil rig, pipeline monitoring station or oil tanker refuses to respond to commands, NOC personnel in the petroleum industry need a means to deal with the problem immediately, without the delays associated with a physical service call.

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Bank Branch Offices Reduce Network Downtime

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Challenge:

A large US-based bank has a vast number of branch office locations across the country in which each has a small installed base of Cisco routers, switches and firewalls to support the daily operational activities & transactions at each location.

Many of the branch offices are located in areas that are subject to severe weather which creates network outages. During adverse weather conditions, several branch office locations lost primary network access. This in-band outage prompted the bank to find a reliable solution to trouble-shoot & manage the network hardware in these branch locations during the network outage through out-of-band tools.

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Remote Network Management Solutions for Pipeline Monitoring Stations

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

Remote pipeline monitoring applications present a unique challenge to network managers. Given the inaccessible nature of many pipeline sites and the importance of assuring that the pipeline is safe from accidents and tampering, monitoring stations are typically installed at regular intervals along the route of the pipeline to allow remote administrators to keep an eye on conditions at remote pipeline locations.

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WTI Releases Dual Ethernet Branch Office Manager

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Irvine, Ca, April 17, 2013 – WTI, a leading manufacturer of out-of-band branch office solutions, console servers and remote reboot switches announced today that they have added two new dual Ethernet port models to their line of RSM-8R8 series console plus power control remote site management products.

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An Out of Band Management Solution for DC Powered Equipment Racks

Friday, January 13th, 2012

When a vital network device at a remote network equipment site malfunctions or refuses to communicate, an out of band management solution provides administrators with a handy way to diagnose and correct problems at the remote site without the expense and inconvenience of a time-consuming service call. As a general rule, the more distant, remote and out-of-the-way the network equipment cabinet is, the more important it is to have out of band access to console port command functions when problems arise at the remote site.

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Effective Security for Dial-Up Out of Band Management Applications

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

Security and authentication are two vital elements for any out of band management strategy. The reason for this is simple: given the powerful remote access capabilities provided by an out of band management solution, it’s extremely important that access to console port command functions on remote network elements is adequately protected from unauthorized users. While it’s relatively easy to implement effective security and authentication measures when out of band management is accessed via a secondary maintenance network connection, the task of authenticating each user can prove to be much more of a challenge when the out of band management solution is accessed via dial-up connection.

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Out of Band Management and Environmental Monitoring, All in One Box

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

If your network infrastructure includes off-site data centers or distant network equipment racks, then you’re most likely already pretty familiar with the concept of utilizing a console server to provide out of band management capabilities for remote network equipment. When your off-site data center or remote network equipment cabinet includes an out of band management solution, many routine maintenance and troubleshooting tasks can be performed without the need for an expensive service call to the remote site and the associated time delays while tech support personnel travel to the remote equipment site.

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Does Your Out of Band Management Application Include both RJ45 and DB9 Format Devices?

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

It’s pretty safe to say that most network administrators are already familiar with the communication capabilities that are provided by an out of band management solution. An effective out of band management solution provides administrators with a powerful tool for communicating with remote network devices when normal network communication is down or unavailable. In spite of this though, sometimes a very simple thing, such as cabling format, can stand in the way of implementation of an out of band management solution, even when the value of out of band communication is obvious.

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Callback Security – Effective Authentication for Dial-up Out of Band Communication

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

An out of band management (http://www.wti.com/c-45-out-of-band-management.aspx) solution can provide network administrators with a convenient, reliable means to communicate with remote network devices when communication via network is not available. Although out of band communication is a vital element in many remote network equipment management applications, in most cases, out of band management solutions rely on a dial-up modem connection between the administrator and the out of band management unit.

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