One of the limiting factors of distributed networks is the difficulty in centralizing management and control, forcing enterprises to maintain local point solutions to ensure operational efficiency. But new breeds of remote management solutions are overcoming those obstacles to allow for greater oversight and automation from the main office.
Increasingly, the industry is turning to small form-factor appliances to tie remote sites together. A company called Uplogix has one of the newest systems on the market. The latest version of the Uplogix SRM appliance, the Uplogix 430, extends management tools like system maintenance, configuration, fault diagnosis and data recovery to branch sites with little or no IT support.
The system is built around the Remote Management Operating System (RMOS), the latest version of which provides advanced functions like service level verification and service processor automation. The system can also be tied to the Uplogix Control Center that provides a single Web-based point of control for all SRM appliances throughout a network.
The Uplogix appliance itself is a four-port device, although the larger 3200 unit extends up to 32 ports, and is designed for installation in small physical spaces and non-rack environments.