Cloud Industry - Out-of-Band Management Application
Cloud Industry - Out-of-Band Management Application
In the increasingly competitive world of cloud computing, cloud service providers are usually forced to sell more than just data storage and computing power; they also need to sell customers on the reliability and dependability of their service. In this type of business environment, cloud service providers must do their level best to ensure that network elements at remote data centers are constantly available; if a server at a remote data center suddenly takes a nap, a good cloud service provider should be able to fix the problem ASAP, without a long wait for the service team to travel to the remote location. WTI Out-of-Band Management Solutions are specifically designed to provide cloud service providers with a fast, secure, reliable means to access console port command functions and power switching and reboot capabilities at remote cloud data centers … without the long wait for tech support to show up on the scene.
Security & Authentication - 128 Bit Encryption, User Directory with Definable Access Rights, Callback Security for Modem Communication, Invalid Access Lockout Feature, IP Address Filtering, Supports TACACS, RADIUS, LDAP, Kerberos
Reliable - Highest MTBF in the Industry, Available with Built-in ATS Capability for Power Fallback
Versatile - Cable Network Ready, plus Internal Modem for Out-of-Band Communication
As the trend towards corporate reliance on cloud computing continues to grow, the demands placed on cloud infrastructure also grows. In order to provide clients with fast, reliable access to data stored in the cloud, cloud service providers need to ensure that network elements at their various data centers are always up and running and ready to serve. If clients can’t access data or services on the cloud when they need it, there’s a strong chance that those clients will look to other providers for their cloud computing needs in the near future. If a given cloud service provider becomes known for unreliable service, customers have a tendency to shop around for a more reliable provider; significant outages in the cloud business usually attract widespread interest and news coverage and often send customers running for the nearest exit.
When a router, server, switch or other network element at a remote data center suddenly ceases to cooperate, WTI Out-of-Band Management Solutions enable cloud service providers to take care of the problem immediately. Rather than waiting for tech support to travel to a distant data center, WTI console servers and switched PDUs provide immediate access to console port command functions on remote devices and also enable power switching and reboot capabilities at the remote site. Time consuming road trips to distant cloud data centers can be a waste both time and money; WTI Out-of-Band Management Solutions enable your support personnel to take care of many problems at remote data centers without even leaving the office.
As is the case with any cloud application, a workable out-of-band management solution needs to provide adequate security and authentication features to prevent authorized users from gaining access to sensitive data and command functions. All WTI console server and switched PDU products include a formidable array of state-of-the-art security and authentication features, and are also FIPS-140-2 certified to provide the highest level of security available. In order to ensure that all communication with the WTI Out-of-Band Management unit is protected from unauthorized interception, WTI products support both SSH and HTTPS, plus advanced encryption formats such as FIPS and SSHv2. In addition to these security features, WTI Out-of-Band Management Solutions also support popular authentication protocols such as TACACS+, LDAP, Kerberos and RADIUS for network communication, plus callback security to verify the identity of modem users.
In large scale cloud service applications, the task of accessing and controlling hundreds of out-of-band management units, spread throughout corporate infrastructure can often pose a bit of a challenge. For this reason, an effective out-of-band management solution also needs to include enterprise management software that provides a single, centralized interface which can be used to locate and control specific out-of-band management units within a huge, far-flung network. All WTI out-of-band management products include a convenient, user-friendly enterprise management program that can find and record all compatible WTI out-of-band management units within a user-specified IP address range. Once compatible units have been found, the enterprise management program can be used to assign descriptive tags to devices in order to denote the location or function of each individual out-of-band management unit, drastically simplifying the task of directing power reboot and console port commands to the desired device or series of devices. In addition to controlling power switching and reboot functions at multiple units, the enterprise management program can also be used to edit user accounts for multiple WTI devices and perform firmware upgrades without the need to individually address each device.
Cloud service is an extremely competitive business, and in order to keep customers happy, cloud service providers need to be able to guarantee nearly flawless reliability. Unfortunately, although most cloud customers quickly forget those instances when their cloud service was working fine, they will always remember those rare days when they couldn’t get to their cloud data or services due to an unexplained outage. WTI Out-of-Band Management Solutions are specifically designed to furnish cloud service providers with a secure, fast, reliable means for solving problems at remote cloud data centers without the expenses and delays of a physical service call. When a critical network element at a distant data center crashes or hangs, WTI console servers and switched PDUs enable cloud service tech support personnel to instantly access console port command functions and power reboot capabilities at the remote site and quickly rectify most common network problems without the need for a service call or truck roll.
"Best part is it just works out of the box. The serial ports work great with the Cisco gear with no config changes from the factory default."Jack Kinney — Lincare Network Operations