Make Your OOBM Plan Before Choosing Cloud-Based Solution
Is there a better way to handle Out-of-Band Management (OOBM)? The concept of OOBM is not new. For years network engineers and architects have been building separate management networks. Whether it is through a management VLAN or dial-up modems, the concept is the same. How do I access my equipment outside of the data path? Console servers, serial aggregators and POTS lines have all been used in the past, and they all have the same challenges: cost, management, maintenance, etc.
All of these problems are magnified when you start talking about a distributed enterprise. A lot of OOBM solutions are based on access to data centers and wiring closets: lots of equipment in a relatively small area. But what happens when you have hundreds or even thousands of locations? Can you afford that many telephone lines? How do you track which phone number is connected to which site? Can you track when a user connects to the Out-of-Band network and what they do?
Before choosing a cloud-based solution to address OOBM headaches, we need to think of OOBM as a solution and a project, not just technology. Like any good project, you should have a plan that addresses things such as:
- What are my goals for OOBM?
- Of those goals, what are my top priorities?
- What is my budget?
- What is my timeframe for deployment?
- What are some challenges I might face?
Because every environment is unique, you might have a completely different set of questions. The important thing is to ask the questions and think about the answers.
Once your goals and parameters are in place, you can look at how a cloud-based approach can help alleviate some of the challenges you might face with deploying/managing hundreds and thousands of locations.
Cradlepoint has long been a leader in wireless WAN and cloud technology. Companies across the country use our technology as wire-line replacements and for backup connections. Our NetCloud Manager (NCM) allows for rapid deployment and easy management of your entire Cradlepoint network. We’ve even had OOBM for a while. Connect to a Cradlepoint and from there make a connection to your other equipment through a serial or console connection. It’s like you’re sitting there with the equipment and that all too familiar light blue cable running between your laptop and your switch, only you can be thousands of miles away. Let’s call this “next-generation Out-of-Band Management.”
Recently Cradlepoint added to NCM features that combine wireless console with cloud management. This adds several great enhancements, including centralized management, increased security, and rapid deployment. All of your sites are in one location, there’s no more SSH allowed from the Internet, and there’s zero-touch deployment for new locations.
Sounds pretty good, right? What if you could use that OOBM connection for a backup connection as well? Does that make good business and financial sense? I think so.
Cradlepoint routers and NetCloud Manager Prime provide all of the above at a fraction of the cost of other solutions. Maybe it’s time to think of Out of Band Management as more than a “nice to have” and look at it as a chance to make life easier. Well, make work easier, anyway.
To learn more about Out-of-Band Management with Cradlepoint’s 4G LTE routing solution and NetCloud Manager, click here.