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HP Taps Opengear For Out of Band Network Automation

September 14, 2012

  By Ashok Bindra
  Out of Band Management Contributor

HP Network Automation (News - Alert) automates the complete operational lifecycle of network devices from provisioning to policy-based change management, compliance, and security administration. When combined with HP Network Node Manager i (NNMi) software, it unifies network fault, availability, and performance with change, configuration, compliance, and automated diagnostics.

In an Opengear (News - Alert) blog post, product marketing manager Jared Mallett wrote that to speed up the integration of Opengear products into HP Network Automation, the company has developed driver packs that include support for Opengear products like IM42xx and ACM5000. As per this post, HP has developed a driver for Tier 1 Network Automation support, which includes discovery, configuration snapshot, syslog, basic IP parser, command scripts, proxy, and policy compliance functions.

According to the blogger, Network automation is one component of the HP Automated Network Management Suite which provides a holistic automated approach across the network management domains of the fault, availability, performance and change, configuration, compliance and process automation.

The key benefits of Network Automation include:

  • Reduce costs by automating time-consuming manual compliance and configuration tasks
  • Pass audit and compliance requirements easily with proactive policy enforcement and audit and compliance reports
  • Improve network security by recognizing and fixing security vulnerabilities before they impact your network
  • Increase network stability and uptime by preventing the inconsistencies and mis-configurations
  • Use process-powered automation to deliver application integrations, which deliver full IT lifecycle workflow automation

According to Opengear, ACM5004-G cellular routers provide secure high-speed wireless connectivity to remote sites and mobile locations for asset management and monitoring. It is equipped with internal temperature monitoring, optional environmental sensors and enables secure management of assets connected via serial console ports, USB, ethernet and digital I/O's. These industrial grade cellular gateways use the 3G network to deliver real-time access, monitoring and control regardless of location.

Likewise, the Opengear IM4200 infrastructure management appliance offers unmatched levels of connectivity, flexibility and security for data centers, colocation facilities and managed service providers. For out-of-band management, it comes with a built-in modem for dial-in, dial-back and heart beat monitor for automatic failover. In addition, it also supports broadband failover and 3G cellular out-of-band access. Furthermore, Opengear said that the IM4200 is also equipped with the ability to "call home" from behind a firewall to our CMS/VCMS management platform.

This unique ability gives systems administrators the ability to monitor, access and manage all downstream console servers and attached devices from one single screen.

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Edited by Stefanie Mosca