Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Opengear and the Evolution and Consolidation of Network Devices

Opengear at Tech Field Day Extra 2016

I recently attended Cisco Live 2016 in Las Vegas and was invited to attend Tech Field Day Extra as a delegate. The first presenter was Opengear, a maker of console access servers and remote management gateways. They describe their products as "next generation Smart Solutions for managing and protecting critical IT and communications infrastructure."

While the term "next generation" is frequently overused, I can't argue with Opengear. Opengear extends the functionality of a console access server into a more complete out-of-band management solution. First, the Opengear presentation made me reevaluate what I should look for in an a console access server. What should it do? What shouldn't it do, and what roles should be held by separate devices?