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  • 29 September 2014 08:00

Opengear cleans up remote control for Infragreen

Leading Norwegian cloud and network services provider adopts Opengear remote management technology for efficient network service delivery

Australian-developed remote management technology from Opengear has simplified finding and fixing faults in networks at Europe’s first carbon-neutral data campus and the site of the world’s cleanest cloud.

Opengear recently announced that Infragreen A/S, a leading high-tech company within fibre infrastructure and data centre operations, has selected Opengear technology to streamline site deployment processes and troubleshooting.

Opengear (www.opengear.com) is a leading provider of critical infrastructure management solutions through advanced console servers, remote management, monitoring, and cellular out-of-band products. Opengear’s CEO and its research and development team are based in Brisbane.

Infragreen is a specialist development company of Bulk Eiendom A/S, the largest real estate developer in Norway for logistics and manufacturing facilities. Working with stock listed industrial groups, Norsk Hydro and Norske Skog, Infragreen has established three strategically centred data campus sites close to Oslo, each supplied by clean green hydro-electric power and directly linked to a dark fibre network.

These facilities are believed to be Europe’s first carbon-neutral data campus and the site of the world’s cleanest cloud.

Infragreen also provides a range of products including global IP infrastructure across fibre and Wi-Fi, network design, implementation and support to a growing community of national and international clients. To help quickly provision new network equipment and to support troubleshooting tasks, “We chose Opengear because it has an extensive set of features which we find compelling,” says Jon Suphammer, CTO for Infragreen A/S.

“If, for example, there is a system or operator error that impacts networking equipment, we often had to go on site to correct the error, which could result in lengthy downtime in certain cases. Our use of Opengear has allowed us to quickly resolve equipment issues remotely and also provide access to network monitoring via the mobile 3G network when a site is unreachable via the regular network,” he adds.

Suphammer also points to faster equipment staging workflows that have allowed Infragreen to ship network equipment directly to remote sites with configuration carried out remotely via Opengear’s out-of-band connectivity.

The use of remote connectivity also reduces unnecessary travel, which matches the ethos to reduce environmental impact that is a core value of the company.

Infragreen A/S was provided with access to Opengear technology through Norwegian distributor Trend Nordic.

To date, Infragreen has deployed the Opengear IM4248 Infrastructure Manager for Datacentre management. Suphammer confirms that Infragreen plans to deploy Opengear console servers within its own datacentres and node rooms in the near future.

“We have been very pleased with Opengear and Trend Nordic who have both been very supportive during our deployments,” he adds.

About Opengear Opengear designs, manufactures and delivers the most feature rich, cost effective, flexible solutions for secure remote infrastructure management. Opengear smart appliances enable companies to access and manage virtually any electronic device on their network remotely and securely from anywhere, even if the network is down, to improve efficiencies and maximise business continuity.

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