The Uplogix Blog: Beyond Out-of-Band

Study finds managing education networks is hard

Getting high marks for effective educational networks is more difficult every year as students bring more devices with them to school. A recent study showed that 60% of faculty, students and IT professionals use [...]

Maritime cybersecurity readiness low for these companies

Maritime cybersecurity follows a trend: larger companies are both more likely to be prepared for an event and more likely to be targeted. But a survey of senior maritime executives shows many medium and [...]

Veterans Affairs expands website, out-of-band capabilities

The US Department of Veterans Affairs announced a new homepage in time for Veterans Day as the second largest federal agency continues pushing modernization of resources and IT networks to better serve veterans. As the [...]

Extreme remote networking, power edition

As an enabler to remote networking through our out-of-band management platform, at Uplogix we've always got an eye on those industries that really push the limits of remote network management. A couple of months [...]

No easy path, Part Two: Federal IT Modernization

IT modernization is a challenge in all organizations, but federal government CIOs might have it a little tougher than their enterprise counterparts. A new study on IT investment sheds light on how agencies are [...]

No easy path to IT modernization

Good luck finding a CIO that's not struggling with some aspect of IT modernization. The list of challenges is never ending: the IT skills gap, increasingly sophisticated security threats, IT/business alignment all requiring both [...]

Gartner’s top 10 tech trends for 2019

Gartner announced their top 10 strategic technology trends at their annual conference in Orlando this month. Do you think they are on target? What's missing from their list? Scanning the list, it's clear that [...]

Automation & AI don’t make talent obsolete

The same (unfounded) concern we've heard for years from network admins that the automation functionality in Uplogix is going to take their job is being applied to AI in the workplace. It can't be [...]

Malware infections vary by geography

No place is safe from malware and cyber attacks, but according to a new study, some locations seem to be more likely to suffer from infections. The top three cities in term of rate [...]

(Cyber) incident control

Looking to frame the Uplogix story around cyber resiliency the other day, we came up with a good metaphor: Uplogix works much like the incident control vehicles used by first responders in adverse weather [...]

Managing hybrid networks with out-of-band

The term hybrid network today encompasses traditional physical network infrastructure as well as networks created through network function virtualization (NFV) and even cloud networks. An out-of-band platform like Uplogix is in an interesting position to [...]

The myth of best practices for networking

Best practices face a challenge of acceptance when applied to any task or job function. In networking it's clearly difficult to declare anything a BEST practice because there are always so many variables. Questions [...]

Cybersecurity training for university networks

Cybersecurity training classes were in session at the University of West Florida's Center for Cybersecurity as part of a joint effort between university and state agencies to strengthen the state's preparedness. By providing the [...]

Edge networking is a priority

Edge networking stood out as a key area of interest on a recent NetworkWorld survey, with more than half of respondents indicating they have immediate plans. The 8th annual State of the Network survey [...]

OOB benefits both SDN and NFV

Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) are frequently confused with each other, but are different technologies that have some similarities to, and can benefit from advanced out-of-band (OOB). First, a few [...]

Big Data driving healthcare and pharma

Big Data is more than the data itself, and the use cases for the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries include a wide set of technologies that capture, store, manage and analyze large, complex sets of [...]

Enterprise data centers expect continued growth

Data centers aren't going away any time soon. Enterprise data centers are expected to continue growing, with one study reporting most survey respondents expect to at least double the amount of physical servers in [...]

New CISO Handbook guides fed cyber execs

A CISO Handbook was released recently by a group of federal CISO & CIO councils to help their peers navigate current government approaches to cybersecurity and risk management. Available through the CIO.gov website, the [...]

Underwater data centers bring new definition of remote management

Today's winner for remote networking is Microsoft's Project Natick. The idea of a shipping container self-contained data center isn't new, but they've taken it to new heights, ahem... depths. The pre-built underwater data center [...]

Uplogix v5.5 software update available

Earlier this month, Uplogix released software update v5.5 for the Uplogix Local Manager (LM) and Uplogix Control Center (UCC) with new features and improvements. IKEv2 VPN support is now available on both the LM [...]

Offensive cybersecurity, whose job is it?

A recent interview with former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen brought up some interesting comments on offensive cybersecurity. US Cyber Command has been elevated to its own combatant command, [...]

Hackers target US satellite industry

The US-based satellite industry has been targeted by a Chinese-linked hacking group, according to new research by Symantec. The hacking campaign apparently targeted command and control systems. Targets include at least two US-based satellite companies, [...]

Atlanta IT went with the wind

More than a month after the City of Atlanta was hit with a SamSam ransomware virus, the government is still struggling to get back to normal operations. Water and sewer bills must be paid [...]

March Madness no slam dunk for networks

March Madness is in full swing with just sixteen teams still vying to be the best in college basketball. That means that the worst is over for business networks as many of the early [...]

Networking IoT devices overview

Deciding how to network IoT devices has about as many options as there are IoT applications. A recent NetworkWorld article had a good survey of variables that network architects need to pay attention to [...]

Penetration resistance gets too much focus, says NIST

You've heard it here before -- it's not a matter of if, but when. At that point it's less about penetration resistance of trying to keep the bad guys out of your network, but [...]

Interop presentation preview

Uplogix will be presenting at Interop ITX May 1-3 as well as performing demos in booth 1027. We'd love to talk with you there, but in case you can't make it to Las Vegas, [...]

Can edge computing impact the cloud forecast?

No matter what growth rate predictions you subscribe to for cloud computing in the next few years, the demand for cloud is going to drive a counter-demand for computing at the network's edge. Requirements for [...]

Going beyond runbook automation

Runbook automation or RBA, is a term that we've been misusing at Uplogix when we talk about the functionality of our out-of-band platform. In the common usage, RBA is the ability to define and support [...]

Florida data center supports the public good

NWRDC promises leading-edge technology solutions at affordable pricing for government and educational stakeholders. This allows NWRDC customers to focus on their organization’s mission and reduce or eliminate IT capital expenses and infrastructure costs. The shared [...]

Cynical or jaded? Embracing change in IT

Change is difficult for many people, especially in IT where change often means breaking established systems and processes and frustrating users who don't understand why things weren't left well enough alone. But change in [...]

Monitoring is fine, but automation is quicker

Take the proverb "a bird in hand is worth two in the bush," combine it with the more modern "wine is fine, but whiskey's quicker," (from the sage Ozzy Osbourne), and then throw in [...]

What does 2018 hold for Federal IT?

The new year always brings predictions. In the federal IT space, it's no different. Predictions almost by a rule include both cool new tech (widespread adoption of biometric authentication methods) and less nerdy, but [...]

Fog computing expands critical remote infrastructure

Several years ago one of the morning talks at CiscoLive was on fog computing. At the time the hype for cloud computing was well entrenched, so fog computing seemed to bring things back to [...]

Spectre, Meltdown exploits don’t impact Uplogix

The New Year kicked off with a thud as the Meltdown and Spectre exploits dominated headlines with critical vulnerabilities in modern processors. Uplogix Local Managers are not impacted by these exploits. IN BRIEF The [...]

Federal IT modernization law passes

With the passage of the Modernizing Government Technology Act into law, several federal IT modernization efforts are likely to ramp up. Two of the more buzzworthy areas of modernization, artificial intelligence and blockchain, promise [...]

Using service level data to automate responses

There are many options for managing service levels across networks. One of the key differentiators between the service level verification conducted by Uplogix and other service level monitoring solutions is just that -- other [...]

Time to upgrade old Control Center servers

End of Hardware Support Uplogix is announcing an End of Hardware Support for all Uplogix Control Centers running on Dell PowerEdge R710 servers due to the age of these servers and the availability of [...]

Network virtualization to empty onsite racks, almost

Network virtualization is just the next trend in IT to shift spending between CapEx and OpEx. It's already happened with computation and storage in the cloud and things are beginning to take shape on the [...]

Got SDN? But is the next big thing IBN?

If you have your head wrapped around SDN or software defined networking, you won't be surprised to hear the next big thing is already here. IBN or intent-based networking is Cisco's new entry into the [...]

Apples to oranges product comparisons

It's been a long week. Not just because we're rapidly racing toward the end of the year and holiday slowdowns, but because I keep getting asked for product comparisons—how are other products like Uplogix, how [...]

Uplogix customers transform maritime communications

Uplogix customers BlueTide Communications and Orange Business Services announced a new partnership to transform maritime communications with a suite of services over Ku-band VSAT. The global services network will deliver communications, navigation and asset [...]

KRACK zero-day cracks WPA2

This week began with the zero-day news for a bug that effectively broke WPA2 wireless security. KRACK, named for Key Reinstallation Attack, is a fundamental flaw in the operation of Wi-Fi Protected Access II, [...]

Cellular out-of-band even in West Texas

One of our sales execs was recently pitching a wind energy company and mentioned cellular out-of-band as an option. The quick answer was that their wind fields were likely too remote for a decent [...]

Breaking down the 2018 IT budget

For many, the arrival of fall signifies IT budget season. These poor souls aren't thinking about football, cooler temperatures or dove hunting, but are spending their time trying to anticipate the needs and costs [...]

Network rebuilding challenges in Puerto Rico

The devastation of Hurricane Maria will require a massive recovery operation to restore basic services. The cellular network rebuilding effort was recently visualized through Speedtest maps overlaid on the island. AT&T, Spring and T-mobile [...]

Ransomware brings down county services

Montgomery County in Alabama was hit by a ransomware attack that left IT staff scrambling to regain control of their systems. Among other impacts, vehicle tags and registrations are unable to be processed as officials [...]

Separation of duties isn’t just for accounting

The finance and accounting departments know all about separation of duties (SoD) -- the person who writes the checks isn't the same as the person who approves the checks. For the IT department, SoD is [...]

Cassini retirement far from EOL or network refresh

The much-anticipated precise de-orbiting of the Cassini spacecraft this morning was a fiery end to the highly successful mission to study Saturn. It is a stark contrast to how most networking gear goes out. NASA [...]

Struts vulnerability in Equifax breach already patched in Uplogix

This week's giant data breach story was Equifax, the credit score reporting agency hadn't patched an Apache Struts vulnerability putting personal information on 143 million consumers at risk. The bad news? Odds are your data [...]

Helping Houston – collecting flood recovery donations

Uplogix is headquartered in Austin, Texas and has strong ties to Houston with employees, family and numerous customers impacted by the flooding. We support the dedicated and significant efforts of our customers like HEB (@HEBPrepared) [...]

Graceful shutdown of Gulf satcoms with Uplogix proceeds hurricane

Uplogix customers delivering satellite communications to oil platforms in the Gulf of Mexico are using out-of-band for a graceful shutdown of gear ahead of Hurricane Harvey. Ocean-based energy discovery and production is a tough business. [...]

Bringing out-of-band into the data center

Data centers today come in all shapes and sizes, but deploying data center out-of-band solutions has some universal benefits whether your DC is just downstairs or buried underground -- lights-out or just locked up. A [...]

Out-of-band that actually works

  Out-of-band isn’t a new concept. As network requirements have become more extreme and critical to all aspects of the enterprise, out-of-band is more commonplace. But what we often hear at Uplogix is disappointment with [...]

Maritime networks concerned following breach

Maritime networks are getting even more serious about security following the high-profile cyber attack of shipping giant Maersk in June. The coordinated attack impacted business on a global scale as Maersk had to take IT [...]

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.

Study finds managing education networks is hard

Getting high marks for effective educational networks is more difficult every year as students bring more devices with them to school. A recent study showed that 60% of faculty, [...]

Maritime cybersecurity readiness low for these companies

Maritime cybersecurity follows a trend: larger companies are both more likely to be prepared for an event and more likely to be targeted. But a survey of senior maritime [...]

Veterans Affairs expands website, out-of-band capabilities

The US Department of Veterans Affairs announced a new homepage in time for Veterans Day as the second largest federal agency continues pushing modernization of resources and IT networks to [...]

Extreme remote networking, power edition

As an enabler to remote networking through our out-of-band management platform, at Uplogix we've always got an eye on those industries that really push the limits of remote network [...]