A good analogy for the local connections used by Uplogix to manage network infrastructure is a new project by Audi of America that puts vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) technology that will give cars the ability to communicate with traffic signals.

This will provide vehicle IT systems with real-time information from centralized traffic management systems that monitor traffic lights. An initial application of this local data is providing drivers with the amount of time remaining until a traffic light turns green, a.k.a. how much longer they can check Facebook before having to drive away.

Future applications are more impactful, including better vehicle navigation, start/stop functionality and improvements to traffic flow. Think about it — not only does the signal network infrastructure talk with the cars, but the intelligent car can communicate its data back. A smarter infrastructure could be useful for self-driving cars, especially in crowded streets.

Traffic infrastructure similar to network infrastructure

The idea of local data being collected and processed locally to enable reliable automation is the same for Uplogix. By collecting data directly from the network infrastructure devices instead of over the network, Uplogix is able to reliably gather information and make educated decisions while giving you confidence in the automation. Vehicle automation sounds impressive, but I’d have more confidence knowing that my driverless vehicle was verifying its actions based on data from the traffic infrastructure too.

Uplogix was founded on the observation that the problem with network management is that it relied on the network itself to operate.

To really manage network infrastructure, you need to operate from an out-of-band perspective—and more than just as a remote secondary connection to devices. For Uplogix, evolving out-of-band means monitoring devices and taking actions directly over the console port, like an onsite technician plugging in a laptop. We go far beyond traditional “dumb” console servers that sit plugged in and waiting to be useful should there be a crisis.