The Uplogix Blog: Beyond Out-of-Band

Why you’ll still want out-of-band for NFV

As with traditional network architectures, NFV or Network Function Virtualization, still faces some of the same challenges when it comes to reliance on the network itself for monitoring and managing the network infrastructure, rapid identification [...]

Cisco: 75% of IoT initiatives not successful

In a study out from Cisco this week, one of the key vendors in IoT, says that only 26 percent of companies in their survey feel that they have been successful with their IoT initiatives. The danger [...]

Luxury yacht network security might matter to you

Granted not all of us spend our time relaxing on one of the increasing number of luxury yachts charting the high seas and exclusive tropical island destinations, but they are becoming more common and more [...]

Security reading for May the Fourth

If you haven't come across it yet, the HP Enterprise blog ran an article back in February that is worth reading today, May the Fourth, also known as Star Wars Day. While not as important [...]

2017 the year of acquisitions for MSPs?

MSPs, or Managed Service Providers, are seeing a convergence of business conditions that are both expanding market opportunity and making it more difficult not to be—or be partnered with—a major industry player. The growing need [...]

Protecting against insider threats

When it comes to securing your network against insider threats, security researchers recommend a "mini-max" policy -- minimize access where possible and then maximize monitoring of that access for unusual patterns. The goal is to [...]

Healthcare network management to grow

The market for healthcare network management software for IT is expected to grow at a CAGR of 6 percent. Organizations are looking to deliver value-based care in part through better IT networks that deliver needed [...]

AT&T conducts very public SDN test

SDN (software defined networking) has rapidly taken over IT networking news stories. This week was no different as AT&T shared successful results of a test using open source network software on "white box" switches.  What [...]

Cisco’s hierarchy of needs for network innovation

At a CiscoLive Europe keynote, a Cisco VP described a Maslow-like hierarchy of needs for network innovation and digital transformation. It serves as a prescriptive approach to shifting to a higher-level of digital enterprise. Like [...]

Maintaining audit and compliance reporting

I read an article recently that was titled, "You broke the network. Do you confess?" And it made me think about the audit and compliance reporting of the Uplogix platform, because it kind of takes [...]

Bare Metal Restore: Rapid Replacement of Recalled Products

About a month ago, Cisco was the first network device vendor to announce that they were impacted by a wide-ranging component problem. There is a good chance you might have these products in your network. [...]

Network outage at AWS linked to typo

February went out with a whimper for many companies that utilize Amazon Web Services' S3 cloud storage thanks to a wide-scale network outage caused by an incorrect command entered by an S3 team member. The [...]

Inmarsat for high speed satellite out-of-band

The Uplogix platform utilizes the reliability of the Inmarsat satellite network to provide out-of-band (OOB) connectivity to managed remote networks. With Inmarsat’s high-speed data services, Uplogix can automate management of network infrastructure, including the ability [...]

IoT business justifications (+ a scary anecdote)

The Internet of Things (IoT) has never been short on hype or fear, but as real applications and deployments begin to factor into tactical business plans, calculating total cost of ownership (TCO) and return on [...]

Reliable networking for first responder

Reliable communications are critical to any first responder organization. For the South African Police Service (SAPS), providing security across the nation includes a radio network that functions in both urban and rural areas. Uplogix Local [...]

Satellite cybersecurity ramps up

Satellite operators have long felt just a little safer than most when it came to security. But today, satellite cybersecurity is standard operating procedure. No longer does an unobstructed beam bouncing off a satellite or remote [...]

DDOS attacks growing at a faster rate

DDOS attacks are the most common threat for enterprise, government and educational IT networks, according to an Arbor Networks security report, and to make matters worse, the attacks are getting bigger.  Distributed denial of service attack [...]

Cisco’s Trends in Enterprise Networking for 2017

Browsing through Cisco's copious blogs, I came across an article on trends for 2017 from the senior vice president for enterprise networking, Jeff Reed. Given Uplogix' product depth in automating Cisco networking device management, I was [...]

New thinking on incident response

Airbnb matches thousands of travelers with over 2 million rental property listings on their website daily. Reliability is key to the success of the company valued at over $30 billion. A recent interview with a [...]

Local Management Software v5.4 available

The latest version of the Uplogix Local Management Software (LMS) is now available with new functionalities that make Uplogix Local Managers (LMs) even more secure, easier to establish virtual connections, and expands the options for [...]

2017 predictions for IT networking & security

Mid-way through the last month of the year means it's time for everyone to release their predictions for IT in the coming year. This year is no different, and given recent headlines about Russian hacking [...]

Five ways to make your Cisco bulletproof

Uplogix has always had a great story for managing Cisco equipment. As a Cisco Solution Partner we've shared this story at CiscoLive as well as through demos, webinars and white papers. But who has that [...]

Rise in phone subscriptions includes failover network

While there are numerous high profile endeavors to bring high speed internet to all, a couple of interesting statistics released this week in a report by the United Nations' International Telecom Union (ITU) was that [...]

Cool use case: Satellite antenna blockage zone recovery

The design of the Uplogix out-of-band platform gives it some highly flexible capabilities. Today's example is recovering a satellite antenna in a blockage zone on a vessel at sea. Granted not everyone has this problem, but [...]

Network recovery after the hack

Today we live in a world of "when." And when you're affected by a security breach, you need to think beyond just data protection and backup. You need a clear plan for network recovery after [...]

Reducing network complexity

The chief architect of a global top-20 telecom says bringing agility to managing legacy network assets is a key pillar to their strategy to reduce network complexity along with increasing automation to eliminate the human touch. [...]

IT modernization a shrinking slice of agency budgets

Federal IT is like running on a treadmill without an on/off switch. Stopping to get a drink will result in a wipe out. Or in this analogy, divert significant spending from operations and maintenance to IT modernization [...]

IT horror stories and infographics

This is the time of year when everyone shares their horror stories. That's right, Cybersecurity Awareness Month!  IT is no different and never at a loss for some one-upmanship when the topic comes up. From holey firewalls to [...]

Gartner strategic predictions for 2017+

If you believe the self fact-check, the annual Gartner strategic predictions are right 78% of the time. This might make the three-to-five year tech outlook worth paying attention. Here is a look at a few of [...]

Oil & Gas satcom mood tied to price of oil

Last week's Oilcomm show in Houston had a strange feel to it. In addition to no lines at the afternoon beer stands, the sound of silence echoing through the oil & gas satcom tradeshow seemed [...]

Network modernization requires flexibility

For governmental (and some commercial too!) IT groups, network modernization takes more than incremental improvements, according to the Social Security Administration's IT chief. SSA CIO Rob Klopp told an AFCEA audience that technology is advancing too [...]

Oracle’s 80/20 rule for the data center

At this week's Oracle OpenWorld conference, CEO Mark Hurd said that the move out of the corporate data center and full-on into the cloud will provide the innovation dollars CIOs are desperately looking for. Hurd [...]

User access a challenge to lock down

User access remains a pain for most companies according to a recent survey, with few IT managers reporting that they are satisfied with managing privileged-user access. The study by the Ponemon Institute with Forcepoint, showed [...]

Critical infrastructure cybersecurity gains new awareness

It's a common refrain that when it comes to critical infrastructure cybersecurity, it's not a matter of if; it's a matter of when. Cyberattacks around the world have shown the potential dangers of such an attack. Industrial [...]

Remote access to my network, Scotty!

Fifty years ago, the premier of the iconic sci-fi franchise Star Trek went boldly were no man has gone before. Today, Uplogix boldly delivers remote access so that no man (or woman!) has to go [...]

Satellite providers in the energy industry look to diversify

With an energy industry shaken by oil prices that have remained low due to oversupply, related support industries like satellite providers are looking to diversify their offerings beyond oil and gas. One example is Uplogix customer, [...]

Healthcare IT networks front line for cyberattacks

The month of August has seen a surge in cyberattacks on healthcare IT networks in the US using the Locky ransomware, a more highly evolved and effective version of the CryptXXX family of ransomware. Locky is [...]

V2I like local connection to network infrastructure

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 [...]

The next software-defined frontier: Satellites

Working hard on your software defined networking strategy? That's like, so early 2016. The next thing is software defined satellites. This isn't just putting routers in space, which has been done, or just orbiting data [...]

Network management critical to getting IT right

Getting core components of corporate IT right, like network management, is critical to corporate success with multiple studies showing the correlation between effective IT and the bottom line. A State of the WAN study showed that [...]

Vessel downtime is like network downtime

Uplogix does a lot of business with satellite service providers for the maritime market, especially those in oil & gas where downtime is an especially dirty word. These vessels are often highly specialized and expensive [...]

Bet the store on retail network resiliency?

In just about every industry, the network has never been more important. It's no different in retail where network resiliency can be the difference between a banner sales day and closing the doors to eager [...]

Uplogix demos at Cisco Live 2016

Many of the Cisco faithful, including Uplogix, are setting their sights on Las Vegas this July as Cisco Live 2016 returns to the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. This year the demos in the Uplogix booth [...]

Cybersecurity election year challenges

Cybersecurity is much more than just part of a stump speech in this election year. Between reports of multiple Russian groups hacking into the Democratic Party and preparations underway to lock down IT at the Republican [...]

Jeep hackers release IoT security survey

Remember those guys a while back that demonstrated how they could hack a Jeep Cherokee, stealing control ranging from the mischievous (changing the radio volume) to the potentially deadly (killing the engine on the highway)? They [...]

Disaster recovery: Network infrastructure

Today we live in a world of not if, but when. We're not talking about global warming or the presidential election, well not here at least. We're talking about getting hacked. As strong as the [...]

The continuing evolution of the CIO

Much has been made of how the role of the CIO is changing from a cost center manager to a driver of technological change that can help the business succeed or hit it out of [...]

Cloud data center above the clouds

If you have security concerns about sharing a common ground infrastructure to access your data center, one satellite industry startup, Cloud Constellation, might have the answer for you. "SpaceBelt" is planned to be a worldwide cloud storage [...]

Self-driving cars parallel Uplogix network automation

The answer a lead engineer in Ford's autonomous vehicle program gave when asked a question shows one of the parallels between self-driving cars and the network automation capabilities of the Uplogix out-of-band platform. Question: "Do the cars always [...]

Granular authorization combats privilege hogs

When it comes to barriers to innovation in federal IT or even in the enterprise, individual ego and personal empires built on unnecessary network privileges can be a significant problem. The good news is functionality like [...]

End-of-life announced for older hardware

Uplogix is announcing the end-of-life of a few older hardware platforms, specifically the Uplogix 3200, Uplogix 430 and Uplogix 400 platforms. In order to continue providing superior products to our customers, we stay on the forefront of technological innovations [...]

With WAN Traffic Failover, you won’t ask WTF

For years, Uplogix has delivered out-of-band (OOB) connections over everything from a POTS line to satellites and fiber to cell modems. All that time, people asked us if they could move non-management traffic over those [...]

Uplogix reads between the lines to solve age-old remote network management issue

(April 1, 2016 | AUSTIN, TEXAS) Uplogix today announces a game changing advance in the remote management of network and communications infrastructure. The PHINGER (PHysical INtelligent Gadget for Electronics Resetting) is an add-on product for [...]

Presidential recruiting visit at SXSW, plus tacos

You can count on two things during mid-March in Austin, Texas: bluebonnets popping up along the roadside, and the city earning its self-proclaimed title of the Live Music Capital of the World with the South [...]

Sweet Sixteen of Uplogix Custom Rules

What blog would be complete this time of year without the obligatory basketball-themed, March Madness-inspired, slam dunking post on a subject totally unrelated to hoops? That's right, today we're highlighting the Sweet Sixteen of Uplogix Custom [...]

IoT automation requires a smarter network

An article in NetworkWorld earlier this month on three fixes needed to get the network ready for the IoT revolution missed a fourth critical component: IoT automation. Cisco says today that there might be 50 [...]

What’s it take to be a transformational CIO?

The state of technology is in flux for CIOs juggling cybersecurity threats, expanding demands from business units and the challenge of having to compete for the very customers their organization is charged with supporting. An extensive survey [...]

Local Management Software v5.3 Available

The latest version of the Uplogix Local Management Software (LMS) is now available. At Uplogix we don't name our releases after candy or big cats; we just give them a nice wholesome number. Not a [...]

Encryption battle between the FBI and Apple

Encryption has been in the news for the last week following the court order requiring Apply to unlock the iPhone of San Bernardino gunman Syed Farook for the FBI. Both the Bureau and Apple are working [...]

Preparing staff for increased IT automation

Accenture's Technology Vision survey of corporate execs say they are making significantly more investments in IT automation with more than half planning to use machine learning and embedded artificial intelligence (AI) solutions extensively. Does this [...]

Pandemic year for healthcare cybersecurity

2015 was a rough year for healthcare cybersecurity. The 113 million patient records breached was more than twice as many as in the five prior years combined. To make things even more discomforting, nine of [...]

Secure remote access even on snow days

If you were caught up in Winter Storm Jonas over this past weekend, you likely didn't venture beyond the driveway or sidewalk you were shoveling. With millions snow-bound on the east coast, the federal government in [...]

Healthcare IT driven by patients

While every industry has a different tolerance for risk, there are also different types of risk to consider. When asked what challenges are unique to healthcare IT, Duke University Health System CISO Chuck Kessler says [...]

Weak passwords defeat secure access

One benefit to all of the leaked information from site breaches is that it provides researchers with access to millions of passwords and user names. Password management company SplashData recently released their analysis of the [...]

Ship cyber security guidelines launched

As vessels at sea become better linked via broadband satellite and other connections, the risk of ship cyber security issues increases. To increase awareness of these risks, the global shipping community released guidelines for avoiding potential cyber [...]

Top Uplogix Blog Articles of 2015

As a platform for network automation, Uplogix touches on many areas of networking, leading the Uplogix blog to hit on many topics throughout the year. A quick analysis of which articles had the most hits [...]

Everything as a service

IT departments today find themselves pinned between meeting expectations of business units based on managed service provider promises and a wealth of new technology options. Oh, and no pressure -- business revenue is increasingly dependent on IT getting it right. Enterprise [...]

Ready to add 60+ devices/second to the Internet-of-Things?

So what does a 30% increase in Internet-connected devices in one year look like? Try 5.5 million new devices added every day. Gartner says the one of the big winners in this expanding market will [...]

Cybersecurity threats in 2016

December is a great time to look back on the year and look forward to what to expect in the new year. The McAfee Labs security team released their annual report about the cybersecurity threats to expect [...]

The key to enterprise out-of-band is flexibility

When planning an out-of-band management solution, it's best to consider your options for the out-of-band connection including what's already available onsite and how much bandwidth is needed. A flexible out-of-band solution like Uplogix will be able [...]

Security automation parallels network automation

An increasing number of security tools are providing automation capabilities to reduce the burden on security specialists when it comes to intrusion prevention, network access control, endpoint security and mobile device management. But to a [...]

Overtime is most of the time for IT

Working long hours in IT jobs isn't anything new, but a recent survey by Spiceworks has quantified who has things the roughest. For full-time IT staff, the survey's 600 respondents averaged working 52 hours a [...]

Mean Time to Innocence gains trust

The earliest reference to the term "Mean Time to Innocence" in a Google search was in 2007 on the Professor Messer training site. By 2012, there were about 50 search results. While definitely not  a scientific [...]

Your sleeping army for network automation

There is a good chance that your network has a sleeping army of undead devices out there just waiting to be commanded into action. Not zombies, but console servers. Used for years for remote access [...]

End of Hardware Support Notice

Uplogix is announcing an End of Hardware Support for all Uplogix Control Centers running on Dell PowerEdge 2850 and 2950 servers due to the age of these servers and the availability of replacement parts. The [...]

Cyber security responsibilities: who owns it?

The Stop. Think. Connect. campaign is five years old this year, and while it has achieved several of the goals it began with, much of the public's increased awareness of cyber security has been based [...]

If you could turn on automation today, would you?

Tesla owners received an early Christmas present last week with the release and automatic download of their Version 7.0 software. The release activates a collection of sensors, radar and cameras and ties them together with [...]

“Flavor of the day” network security

Network security is tough. Too often a new attack vector appears on the scene and vendors scramble to put out a product to counter it. Companies scramble to implement it. And the bad guys scramble [...]

FBI publishes examples of IoT risks

Tick-tock, tick-tock... with every passing day we're getting closer to those 50 billion devices that Cisco estimates will be connected to the Internet by 2020. In anticipation, security conversations around the Internet of Things (IoT) [...]

Maritime satcom expands in adoption, traffic & bandwidth

As one of the fastest growing segments of the satellite industry, maritime satcoms are booming, with over 26,000 vessels connected by 2016. This is a doubling of the number of satellite connected devices from 2012, [...]

Managing physical infrastructure, plus the network

Here are a couple of what we call "campfire stories" – interesting applications of Uplogix developed by customers to meet their unique needs. Both examples today involved using their out-of-band network automation platform (Uplogix!) to also [...]

What does it mean to have an IoT-ready network?

You know the hype: Cisco says that there will be 50 billion devices and objects connected to the Internet by 2020. That's less than five years away. What does that mean for your network? What [...]

The Dirty Dozen network security issues

Gartner's "Dirty Dozen," the most common and often overlooked issues found in network security, is based on more than 3,000 client interactions over the last year. How many of these worst practices do you have [...]

Greater cybersecurity for satellite & SCADA

Two markets that rely on Uplogix out-of-band management are playing catch-up when it comes to network security compared to many other industries. It's not that satellite and SCADA networks don't care about security, it's just [...]

Network automation in the 2nd machine age

If you are a network administrator, how much do you worry about being replaced by network automation? From time to time when talking with IT people about the automation capabilities of the Uplogix platform, we [...]

Best buds? CIO/CFO collaboration

It's easy to find articles talking about how the role of the CIO is becoming more closely linked (in some cases consumed) by the CFO. The collaboration is generally attributed to the importance of IT [...]

Dividing what’s left: IT project ROI

A common stat thrown around the industry is that 75% of IT resources go to maintaining the status quo. It's a testament to the mission critical nature of IT in the enterprise—new technology is great, [...]

Competing in managed services with OOB

Managed service providers (MSPs) struggle with the basic tenets of sales competition—price and differentiation—at a more pure level than most other IT enterprises. At the end of the day, they need to be cheaper than [...]

Taking remote management to the extreme

At Uplogix, we often talk about our customers managing network gear in extremely remote and hostile locations like the North Sea, the Niger River Delta and undisclosed military locations in Southwest Asia. But this week [...]

Calculating downtime cost with lots of zeros

Yesterday two high profile outages made the news. United Airlines experienced some kind of a router problem and halted flights for over an hour, and the New York Stock Exchange had to close trading [...]

Comparing apples, oranges and out-of-band

A week ago we were at Cisco Live in San Diego with 25,000 IT friends sharing the sea breeze, certification tests, Aerosmith and the World of Solutions -- where a couple hundred Cisco partners vie [...]

v5.2 software release now available

Uplogix Local Management Software version 5.2 makes out-of-band easier, faster and more valuable with WAN Traffic Failover (WTF) – a backup path for the primary network that doesn’t require expensive redundant gear. The update includes [...]

How many comatose servers do you have?

There might be 10 million physical servers deployed inside data centers worldwide powered-up, connected and operating, yet not delivering any information or computing services over the last six months, according to a recent study by [...]

Putting air bags in a 1965 Mustang?

The new US CIO, Tony Scott addressed security concerns in federal IT, especially after the recent massive data breach at the Office of Personnel Management. He said the one of the biggest challenges is protecting [...]

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About Uplogix

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.

Our management platform is located with — and directly console connected to — managed devices. Uplogix performs the monitoring, config & change, automated problem resolution and security tasks that are best done or can only be done onsite.

We’ve deployed everywhere from the data centers of global financial institutions to remote energy production platforms to the battlefield, as well as the branch office down the street.

Uplogix solutions are deployed around the globe in a wide variety of industries. From lights-out and locked-down data centers to unstaffed branch offices, Uplogix is enabling IT groups to support more gear with greater services levels.

Service providers are using Uplogix to ensure they meet SLAs while controlling their support costs. And these are traditional networks as well as satellite-linked networks making it possible for ships to become offices at sea, and soldiers at forward operating bases to maintain a link home.

In an era where there new security breaches are revealed daily, Uplogix customers can secure their gear through granular access controls as well as customizable alerts, closing of idle sessions and complete logging of all traffic over the console port.

Cisco’s hierarchy of needs for network innovation

At a CiscoLive Europe keynote, a Cisco VP described a Maslow-like hierarchy of needs for network innovation and digital transformation. It serves as a prescriptive approach to shifting to a [...]

Maintaining audit and compliance reporting

I read an article recently that was titled, "You broke the network. Do you confess?" And it made me think about the audit and compliance reporting of the Uplogix platform, [...]

Bare Metal Restore: Rapid Replacement of Recalled Products

About a month ago, Cisco was the first network device vendor to announce that they were impacted by a wide-ranging component problem. There is a good chance you might have [...]

Network outage at AWS linked to typo

February went out with a whimper for many companies that utilize Amazon Web Services' S3 cloud storage thanks to a wide-scale network outage caused by an incorrect command entered by [...]