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  • 19 November 2014 09:00

New Opengear software braces for Internet of Things

Opengear says SMART Out-of-Band Management is the future for accessing, monitoring, and controlling remote infrastructure in the Internet of Things

Successful Australian exporter Opengear has enhanced software for its remote management appliances as it readies its product range for the onslaught of the Internet of Things.

Opengear’s new SMART Out-Of-Band (OOB) Management software makes the company’s appliances richer featured, more flexible and easier to use.

The software, which integrates with Opengear’s SMART OOB ACM-series of remote management gateways and its SMART OOB IM-series of infrastructure managers, is available at no additional cost.

Exponential growth of M2M (Machine to Machine) and Internet of Things applications are driving the need for smarter real-time decision-making, deeper data analysis, and more robust data storage at the network edge. Moving this level of intelligence to the edge makes it even more critical that these devices maintain their high availability so problems can be identified and quickly remediated. This can only be accomplished with SMART Out-Of-Band solutions such as from Opengear.

Opengear ( is a leading provider of critical infrastructure management solutions through advanced console servers, remote management, monitoring, and cellular out-of-band products.

Opengear, which has its CEO and research & development team based in Brisbane, earns more than 90 per cent of its revenues from international sales, especially from the US and Europe.

Opengear CEO Rick Stevenson said continued Out-Of-Band innovation was imperative with the Internet of Things driving toward 26 billion connected units by the end of the decade. “The ability to interact with critical information and data in real-time, from far away and from any device, will be a must,” he said.

“To do this as efficiently as possible, we want to move computation to the data, rather than moving data to the computation.

“Out-Of-Band Management is at the heart of IT resilience. We continue to focus on our SMART OOB solution by developing increased access, monitoring, management, control, and decision-making. With this new software release, we're giving network administrators the accessible software capabilities they need to keep their remote infrastructures up and running.”

Opengear’s new software will provide network administrators with instant visibility into an unprecedented amount of critical, real-time information from remote devices. The smart dashboard will allow for secure remote interaction with key data such as statuses on power levels, network availability, server performance, temperature conditions, cage door positions, etc. from any web interface, including via mobile phones and tablets.

Network managers who receive an alert of an issue with their remote infrastructure can quickly see the status of all devices at the site, even if the main network connection is cut or the onsite router/firewall is misconfigured. Problems can be diagnosed from any computer, smartphone, or tablet, enabling administrators to take quick action and restore functionality with a single click.

This release also continues Opengear's emphasis on multi-vendor, multi-device management usability with the addition of the Raritan PX PDUs. Opengear continues to expand the number of third party devices supported, thus reducing complexity and Mean Time To Repair (MTTR).

Opengear also provides peace of mind for network admins by adding Connection Manager and Cellular Dashboard widgets to improve efficiency and increase remote insight, at-a-glance status, monitoring and proactive alerting. Opengear provides instant access and control of anything, anywhere, when something goes wrong.

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About Opengear Founded in 2004, Opengear designs, manufactures and delivers the most feature-rich, cost effective, flexible solutions for secure remote infrastructure management. Opengear enables 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. The company is headquartered in Sandy, Utah, has substantial operations in the UK and Australia, and sales partners worldwide. For more information, please visit

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