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November 20, 2014

Opengear Adds Cellular Failover Capability

Opengear this week at the Fog Computing Conference announced the addition of a cellular failover feature to its line of ACM remote site management and IM infrastructure management devices. The new feature, called Failover to Cellular, is available starting next month.

Although we’ve heard for years about failover solutions that use the cellular network for secondary connections when primary links go down, Opengear President Gary Marks says what’s cool about this particular offering is that it’s paired with the ability to also do out-of-band management and remediation.

Out-of-band management uses a separate and dedicated channel to manage devices like routers and switches so if they have an issue with connectivity the network can still access with them to see what’s going on. Remediation is the ability to diagnose problems related to network elements like routers and switches, do alerting and notification for them, and take action – like rebooting a system remotely, for example, so network operators don’t have to do a truck roll.

Fog computing, meanwhile, is a middle ground between IoT devices and the cloud that leverages intelligence at the edge for more efficient data handling and faster, local decision making. It collects and aggregates data from multiple sensors, and can do simple data analysis at the edge.

Cisco Systems, the Diamond sponsor for this week’s Fog Computing event in San Jose, is credited with coining and promoting the term fog. But whatever you call it, the idea of edge computing in IoT seems to be gaining momentum.

Marks of Opengear, which is also a Fog Computing Conference sponsor, says the Internet of Things and the fog computing model will demand a huge amount of intelligence at the edge. And he adds that Opengear is ready to support those edge devices with remediation, and out-of-band management.

Opengear CEO Rick Stevenson adds that with IoT connected devices projected to reach 26 billion by the end of this decade, now is a good time to ensure that distributed networks are resilient and that remote sites are accessible even when a primary connection goes down. 

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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