With Lantronix launching its ConsoleFlow™ Cloud edition centralized management software at SpiceWorld 2018 this week in Austin, Texas, I thought it would be an appropriate time to review the key benefits of this new cloud version and how it will make managing distributed network infrastructure much easier.
Cloud-based management software addresses the challenge of streamlining and optimizing the complex tasks involved in managing remote IT equipment and network infrastructure. Companies that have already adopted cloud services experienced a 20.66% average improvement in time to market, 18.80% average increase in process efficiency, and 15.07% reduction in IT spending according to the latest cloud adoption report from McAfee.
Being an IT professional in 2018, doing more with less seems to be the theme of your organization’s Out of Band Management (OOBM) strategy. As companies expand, the expectation is to streamline costs, reduce hardware footprint and consolidate operations as opposed to hiring more people. Picture this scenario: your boss informs you that the company is opening a satellite office in Dallas. More locations means more infrastructure to manage. Awesome. Then the conversation takes a turn and goes something like this: here’s half the budget, a third of your team… and by the way, we need a remote management solution yesterday. You still need a way to get all of this done on top of juggling your day-to-day tasks. In comes ConsoleFlow.
No matter the size of the business, the ConsoleFlow Out of Band Management (OOBM) Platform centralizes IT operations, providing your IT team with full visibility and remote access to servers and switches through Lantronix console management gear. Via the Lantronix SLC 8000 and SLB Branch Office Manager, you can monitor network performance, define network event triggers and integrate out-of-band management into your IT workflows.
So, IT administrators and network engineers will continue to look for cloud-based software for centralized management for their out-of-band network but how does VPN-free access to console managers make life even easier?
Virtual Private Networks (VPN’s) have been the “go-to” solution of many of us with the need to access IT equipment remotely, quickly and securely. While VPN’s have some advantages, accessing equipment via the cloud is faster, less complicated and equally secure.
Since everything now is done through the Internet, VPN connection speed issues may occur due to complex encryption of your network traffic. Response times mean everything when critical equipment is down, and a slow VPN connection can impede quick access to remote systems to fix a problem or get ahead of a problem before it occurs. Eliminating VPNs also avoids dealing with an intricate mix of protocols, hardware equipment, and service providers that may not communicate well with each other.
That being said, what are the three key benefits of cloud-based VPN-free centralized out-of-band- software?
Quickly provision Your Out-of-band Network without VPN Complexity
Monitor, manage and fix your out-of-band network and connected equipment through a centralized directory of console managers with integrated instant search and browser-based terminal access.
Remotely access console managers and attached equipment using firewall transversal, a process used to implement a set of security policies that firewalls can be configured to accept and allow different networks to communicate without compromising security.
Anywhere, anytime access through native ConsoleFlow iOS and Android mobile applications to access directory, search, status and notifications.
IT administrators and network engineers need, want and deserve 24/7 cloud-based VPN-free visibility into their entire network to provide the next level of out-of-band management. See for yourself. Sign up for a 30-day free trial of ConsoleFlow Cloud today.