Review: The Opengear Infrastructure Manager Ensures Smooth Sailing in Healthcare

Review: The Opengear Infrastructure Manager Ensures Smooth Sailing in Healthcare

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Data is a key part of healthcare, and organizations are aware of it. Even seemingly simple medical devices can generate a lot of important information about a patient. Data management issues are even more complex today with some employees working remotely and the use of virtual care services, which can complicate management and open up new attack vectors.

But it is far from a hopeless situation. A step in the right direction would be to implement solutions like Opengear Infrastructure Manager, which is designed to keep data safe and flowing where it needs to go.

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Streamline network, server and power infrastructure information

Next-generation infrastructure management solutions such as Opengear Infrastructure Manager provide the functionality needed to streamline network, server, and power infrastructure information, especially in data centers or remote environments, such as off-site clinics.

Intelligent out-of-band (OOB) management with failover to cellular networks in the event of an emergency enables IT administrators to monitor and remediate threats from anywhere, anytime.

It was a treat to test out one of the main capabilities of the device: intelligent OOB management. The OOB feature helps hospitals maintain data continuity by placing some or all of the activity outside of a specific telecommunications frequency band. With Opengear’s Smart Out of Band feature, hospitals benefit from physical connections to managed network devices over a secure remote link. This reduces IT reliance on power cycling, third-party remote management, and many other standard but sometimes cumbersome processes.

Combined with Lighthouse 5 management software, which streamlines network configuration and rule sets, the OOB feature allows the entire suite to be managed from a centralized portal. It is also suitable for high-performance computing applications often found in medical research.

An adaptable infrastructure manager good for continuous operations

The Opengear Infrastructure Manager comes with a 48-port serial console server, but is also available in 16-port models with USB 2.0 console ports and 16-port versions with a 24-port gigabit Ethernet switch for larger facilities.

Each Opengear device also features dual network connection capability with integrated fiber and small form factor pluggable (SFP) capabilities for hot-swappable interfaces. The SFP ports on the Opengear device allow the switch to connect to fiber or Ethernet cables, regardless of differences in cable types or speeds. As an option, it can also switch to a 4G LTE cellular network in an emergency, making it a good choice for continuous operations.

Manage healthcare data centers through one location

Another awesome feature I found during testing is the ability to centrally manage all of the company’s data centers and remote sites through the Lighthouse app.

Lighthouse software manages devices on a network through console servers connected to each location. As an API-driven platform with an HTML5 interface, it provides secure access to remote networks despite the layout of the connection or how a user interacts with the system.

In combination with NetOps Console Servers, Lighthouse can make it easy to manage Docker containers at each remote location, adding yet another layer of functionality and automation.

Opengear Infrastructure Manager is a perfect tool to help maintain and protect healthcare data in an increasingly dangerous world. The fact that it can do all of this without a single point of failure makes it an invaluable tool when lives may be at stake.


MODULES AND CONNECTORS: Two LAN ports available by selecting two of the four available ports
USB: Two USB 2.0 host ports
CPU: SoC Marvell ARM 1GHz 88F6283

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