Uplogix for M2M Management

Uplogix can help you scale your network infrastructure management to be ready for the Internet of Things

Uplogix Local Managers are the management machines for M2M infrastructure

Smart power grids, intelligent buildings, pipeline controllers, medical imaging and as many other Machine-to-Machine (M2M) applications as a vibrant industry can imagine are rapidly changing the world for the better by delivering cost savings, energy efficiency, safety and convenience.

Along with the opportunities M2M presents us comes a vast and growing highly-distributed communications and control infrastructure. Estimates for the number of intelligent, connected, distributed and non-traditional devices in place already today routinely exceed 200 million with forecasts for the future in the billions.  This infrastructure needs to be implemented, managed, maintained and ultimately integrated with the existing management processes and tools of central IT organizations.

Uplogix deploys intelligent monitoring and automation appliances to where network infrastructure resides to improve security, performance and availability. It’s like having a virtual onsite technician. A machine to manage your machines. Whether your M2M infrastructure uses IP M2M Gateways and Zigbee, SCADA RTUs/PLCs and Modbus, wireless LAN, cellular, satellite, plain old telephone or some combination of the above, Uplogix can ensure availability while keeping operational expenses under control.

Preparing your network infrastructure for the Internet of Things

Solution Brief | The exponential expansion of end nodes from the Internet of Things (IoT) will break the underlying infrastructure (technically and from a financial perspective) without similarly exponential improvement in managing network infrastructure.

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If you aren’t looking to automate your network management practices, the coming onslaught of IP-enabled devices is going to break the bank and your network

Challenges in M2M Management

There are many challenges unique to M2M infrastructure that Uplogix addresses thoroughly and cost effectively.

  • Most infrastructure components such as M2M gateways, firewalls, RTUs, PLCs, communications gear and even standard networking gear like routers and switches are  highly distributed and remote, making on-site repairs, changes and upgrades expensive and sometimes dangerous.
  • Often, M2M communication channels such as satellite or SMS cellular are optimized for low bandwidth, power and cost.  This channel often lacks the bandwidth for the remote performance of management tasks.
  • A single remote infrastructure element such as an M2M gateway or RTU can control hundreds of devices, making downtime expensive and extremely impactful.
  • Some of the most valuable M2M applications are mission critical, where lives may depend on proper functionality leading to stringent availability requirements.
  • Especially in SCADA applications, infrastructure components may not be IP addressable and lack SNMP MIBS, making them invisible to and incompatible with existing centralized management tools.
  • Some M2M devices and strategies require augmented “local intelligence” to allow for some level of decision making independent of central control.

M2M Management Solutions

With Uplogix you can manage critical M2M infrastructure components like M2M IP to ZigBee and other gateways, routers, switches, firewalls, RTUs, PLCs, satellite communications gear and in some cases the components of intelligent devices themselves:

  • Connect directly to managed devices via the console port
  • Enhance security by locking down remote and on-site administrative access using fine grained roles.  Preserve AAA and complete audit of all administrative actions regardless of network state.
  • Track and automate remote configuration changes to infrastructure components with a fail-safed system that includes automated SurgicalRollback™
  • Monitor state and performance of infrastructure components intensively without network impact.  Send device status data to SNMP monitoring systems even when the devices themselves are not IP addressable and lack MIBs.
  • Automate Support.  Detect problems and take a sequence of automated recovery steps when issues occur, dramatically reducing mean time to recovery (MTTR)
  • Establish on-demand a secure out-of-band connection via POTs, cellular or satellite when human intervention is required.  Dial in or out based on a rule or upon receipt of an SMS message.
  • Add intelligence to your system improving its capabilities with flexible rules-based automation.  Improve device autonomy (e.g. circuit switch based on cost, time and location; reorient satellite dishes on moving vessels based on GPS coordinates; power down and back up based on rules) to most optimally meet your unique requirements.

Uplogix deploys inside ATMs to save bank green

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On-Demand Webinar: Preparing your network infrastructure for the Internet of Things

The exponential expansion of end nodes from the Internet of Things (IoT) will break the underlying infrastructure (technically and/or from a financial perspective) without similarly exponential improvement in managing network infrastructure. Learn how Uplogix will help enable the IoT revolution.

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Manage RTU, satellite controller, firewall and other infrastructure

  • Access (on-demand high bandwidth OOB)
  • Secure administration
  • Upgrades and changes including initial deployment
  • Automated L1 support
  • Local monitoring

Integrate with SNMP monitoring

Direct or virtually connect to and manage PLCs & RS-232 devices

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Manage network and system components with direct or virtual RS-232 connection

  • Access (on-demand high bandwidth OOB)
  • Secure administration upgrades and changes including initial deployment
  • Automated L1 support
  • Local monitoring

Rules (cost/ performance/ availability) based circuit switching (POTS, Cellular)

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Manage M2M Gateway via direct RS-232 connection

  • Access (on-demand high bandwidth OOB)
  • Secure administration
  • Upgrades and changes including initial deployment
  • Automated L1 support
  • Local monitoring

Rules (cost/ performance/ availability) based cellular circuit switching