National Instruments selects Opengear solution to remotely manage network infrastructure


Opengear, a provider of console server and remote management solutions, announced that National Instruments has selected an Opengear solution to remotely manage its network infrastructure.

National Instruments global network connects 50 offices worldwide and is deployed with Cisco, Juniper, and Citrix networking equipment.

National Instruments will use the Opengear ACM5004-G Cellular Remote Infrastructure Management (RIM) gateway to connect to Cisco 2800, 2900, and 3900 Integrated Services Routers, as well as the Catalyst 3750 switch, the Cisco Wide-Area Virtualization Engine (WAE) 574, and Juniper EX Series switches and stacks.

Opengear ACM5004-G enables NI to insure uptime by accessing the network via cellular connections, even if the remote office is continents away from headquarters, freeing IT staff resources.

“One of our California offices already had the Opengear device in place, and when we implemented a WAN optimization solution on the network, it caused fragmented connectivity to our main office. We were able to remotely connect to the Opengear device and troubleshoot remote to diagnose the issue, without having to send someone from our office in Austin to California,” said Craig Langerman, network engineer at National Instruments.

National will be replacing or augmenting Avocent equipment with Opengear in its main home office. Opengear met NI’s security standards by providing SSH and SSL connectivity, and offers an embedded Nagios feature for integrated management. Nagios provides centralized monitoring of all the computers, software and network services in complex and geographically dispersed data centers.

National Instruments plans to install Opengear’s larger IM4200 infrastructure management appliances, with plans for redundancy at its Costa Rica location, and evaluation at other worldwide offices.

“Opengear understands how important a reliable network infrastructure management device is for business continuity. National Instruments leverages our support for both GSM and CDMA cellular technologies, enabling them to access and remediate a problematic network device anywhere in the world, with no disruption to their business,” said Vice President of North American Sales at Opengear, Todd Rychecky.

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