December 11, 2014

Managing Hundreds of IT Resources Without Becoming Handcuffed to the Network


The customer – an independent boarding school which provides high quality education for boys, needed to guarantee a healthy network infrastructure to enable students to keep up with their studies, stay in touch with their families and allow staff remote access during non-school hours.

With over 250 students and 100 staff using 150 PCs at the school, the IT manager is tasked with keeping the network infrastructure up and running at all times. Despite the school’s efforts to build a resilient network, there was the risk that a server failure could occur out of office hours. This meant IT managers were required to be onsite at the school during evenings, weekends and school holidays. They wanted a solution to effectively manage the servers and provide the ability to reboot remotely. Could Lantronix® provide the most effective solution to help resolve service disruptions?

Key Requirements:

- Ability to easily access and manage the servers and IT infrastructure
- Solution must be scalable, reliable and cost-effective
- Ease of implementation and minimizing downtime was critical
- Enable remote access to perform reboots via a standard web browser

The Solution: Lantronix Secure, Consolidated Out of Band Management (OOBM) Solutions Providing Out-of-Band Control & Access

After reviewing its existing IT infrastructure, the school ran a trial implementation of the Lantronix solution, which provides secure remote access over IP, allowing users to control data center devices via a web browser. Essential to the success of the project was the provision of a remote power management solution; this enables the fast and easy recovery of locked-up devices and enables IT managers to establish a connection with the server to reboot the attached equipment and quickly return it to operational status.

The Lantronix products offer complete digital hardware solutions for remotely controlling and managing a number of servers. With no software to install, they do not affect server performance and seamlessly support multiple operating systems. Lantronix solutions allow the IT manager to remotely perform functions (reconfiguring hardware, configuring the BIOS and server reboot) which would normally require them to enter the server room. By having full access to a server’s primary I/O, Lantronix provides the capability to administer devices and take action to correct problems from anywhere via a web browser. Lantronix products also provide the highest levels of security with 128-bit SSL encryption for all keyboard and mouse signals.

Lantronix Secure Out of Band Management (OOBM) Solution Application: Out-of-Band Control and Access



- Easily connect to monitor, manage, and control IT equipment from virtually anywhere
- Enables fast and easy recovery of locked-up devices
- Maintain security and “always-up” data center
- Enables IT managers to establish a connection with the server to reboot the attached equipment and quickly return it to operational status
- Faster response time and IT managers no longer were required to be onsite at the school during evenings, weekends and school holidays


About Lantronix Out of Band Management (OOBM) Solutions

No matter where you are located, you can connect to your equipment throughout the world, then diagnose and remediate problems remotely. Imagine the cost and time savings your business will realize when you no longer have to deploy labor forces to accomplish exactly what you can now do from a central data center. Even more—with Lantronix, you are not hampered by a down network. It simply makes no difference.

Lantronix Out of Band Management (OOBM) Key Benefits:

- Troubleshoot any equipment from anywhere—even if the network is down
- Save time, simplify operations and minimize costs by consolidating management
- Improve support and customer service
- Maximize uptime by quickly troubleshooting and repairing IT equipment from anywhere, at any time
- Customizable to virtually any equipment in the world
- Complete in-band and out-of-band local remote management solutions

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