If we examine what keeps the gears of an enterprise turning, we’d probably look to the people. From people come the innovative ideas, planning, strategies and the execution of business objectives. People are the face of the company to the customers. But just as an author cannot write without a pen, a modern business cannot operate while its network is down – no matter how good the people are.
In a recent article, I discussed the increasing demand for 100% network uptime through the use of a wireless Internet failover service. Whether you’re a retail or restaurant chain, a financial or insurance institution, or another business with branch offices, uninterrupted network uptime is the key to your business continuity.
But there is another side to this story that brings us to the old adage that time equals money.
We all face the perennial business imperative to cut costs. One way to do this is by having an out-of-band management (OOBM) system in place as an accompaniment to Internet failover. Out-of-band management makes your IT department more efficient while saving your business money and ensuring a higher degree of network uptime. So what is OOBM?
Simply put, out-of-band management:
- Provides IT departments a secure way to manage remote network devices without going through the primary network, or through a costly separate telephone (POTS) line
- Reduces costly truck rolls (having technicians drive to remote sites to diagnose and fix equipment)
- Allows for remote troubleshooting, configuration, and rebooting of firewalls, routers, bridges, switches and servers
As a result, out-of-band management helps to:
- Increase network uptime
- Cut costs
- Keep your staff at ease and your customers happy
- Ensure a higher level of IT infrastructure integrity
Out-of-band management makes remote upgrades and other vital tasks possible without disrupting the primary network connection – all while saving costs and time. It’s quickly becoming a crucial solution for any business looking to save on IT costs and improve IT efficiency and effectiveness – especially for businesses with multiple locations.
If people are the gears to any successful organization, the network is the oil that keeps the gears running smoothly. Out-of-band management is one way to keep the oil flowing.