Thursday, September 24, 2015

"Flavor of the day" network security

Network security is tough. Too often a new attack vector appears on the scene and vendors scramble to put out a product to counter it. Companies scramble to implement it. And the bad guys scramble to find a new attack vector and it all starts over again.

Monday, September 21, 2015

FBI publishes examples of IoT risks

Tick-tock, tick-tock... with every passing day we're getting closer to those 50 billion devices that Cisco estimates will be connected to the Internet by 2020. In anticipation, security conversations around the Internet of Things (IoT) are heating up.

Maritime satcom expands in adoption, traffic & bandwidth

As one of the fastest growing segments of the satellite industry, maritime satcoms are booming, with over 26,000 vessels connected by 2016. This is a doubling of the number of satellite connected devices from 2012, and represents adoption on vessels

Friday, September 4, 2015

What does it mean to have an IoT-ready network?

You know the hype: Cisco says that there will be 50 billion devices and objects connected to the Internet by 2020. That's less than five years away. What does that mean for your network? What should you be doing today to have a network ready for tomorrow?

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The Dirty Dozen network security issues

Gartner's "Dirty Dozen," the most common and often overlooked issues found in network security, is based on more than 3,000 client interactions over the last year. How many of these worst practices do you have in your network?

Friday, August 14, 2015

Greater cybersecurity for satellite & SCADA

Two markets that rely on Uplogix out-of-band management are playing catch-up when it comes to network security compared to many other industries. It's not that satellite and SCADA networks don't care about security, it's just that for a long time they've been physically isolated from

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Network automation in the 2nd machine age

If you are a network administrator, how much do you worry about being replaced by network automation? From time to time when talking with IT people about the automation capabilities of the Uplogix platform, we hear people say that our product will

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Best buds? CIO/CFO collaboration

It's easy to find articles talking about how the role of the CIO is becoming more closely linked (in some cases consumed) by the CFO. The collaboration is generally attributed to the importance of IT in every aspect of corporate profitability.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Dividing what's left: IT project ROI

A common stat thrown around the industry is that 75% of IT resources go to maintaining the status quo. It's a testament to the mission critical nature of IT in the enterprise—new technology is great, but you've got to keep things up and running

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Competing in managed services with OOB

Managed service providers (MSPs) struggle with the basic tenets of sales competition—price and differentiation—at a more pure level than most other IT enterprises. At the end of the day, they need to be cheaper than their competition or better in some way

Friday, July 17, 2015

Taking remote management to the extreme

At Uplogix, we often talk about our customers managing network gear in extremely remote and hostile locations like the North Sea, the Niger River Delta and undisclosed military locations in Southwest Asia. But this week NASA took the headlines for

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Calculating downtime cost with lots of zeros

Yesterday two high profile outages made the news. United Airlines experienced some kind of a router problem and halted flights for over an hour, and the New York Stock Exchange had to close trading for over three hours while they recovered

Friday, June 26, 2015

Comparing apples, oranges and out-of-band

A week ago we were at Cisco Live in San Diego with 25,000 IT friends sharing the sea breeze, certification tests, Aerosmith and the World of Solutions -- where a couple hundred Cisco partners vie for the attention of Cisco's faithful. At the Uplogix booth

Thursday, June 25, 2015

v5.2 software release now available

Uplogix Local Management Software version 5.2 makes out-of-band easier, faster and more valuable with WAN Traffic Failover (WTF) – a backup path for the primary network that doesn’t require expensive redundant gear.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

How many comatose servers do you have?

There might be 10 million physical servers deployed inside data centers worldwide powered-up, connected and operating, yet not delivering any information or computing services over the last six months, according to a recent study

Monday, June 22, 2015

Putting air bags in a 1965 Mustang?

The new US CIO, Tony Scott addressed security concerns in federal IT, especially after the recent massive data breach at the Office of Personnel Management. He said the one of the biggest challenges is protecting old and outdated IT infrastructure

Friday, May 29, 2015

Mid-year check of tech to watch

With June upon us, it's a good time to take a look at technologies to watch for the next-gen enterprise. Dion Hinchcliffe of ZDNet has a nice list of things business and IT leaders should be considering in their annual budgets. The challenge might not be

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Getting the most out of out-of-band

When most people think about out-of-band management, they are only thinking about access using something other than their primary network. Out-of-band is more than just an alternate path to remote gear, it's a smarter way to manage your network

Monday, May 11, 2015

Is IT getting more stressful or younger?

A recent survey found that 78% of IT workers consider their job stressful. In 2014, the number was 77%, but in 2013 and 2012 it was 57% and 67%. Few people would argue that IT careers can challenge the notion of a work-life balance.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Use the force (of automation)

As you celebrate May The 4th today (the annual Star Wars holiday), consider the power of the Automation Force for networking. With reliable automation solving network issues like a battle-tested mech droid, you won't feel like a moisture farmer on Tatooine

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Waypoints on the road to recovery


Mean-time-to-recovery is a key metric for many IT service groups. Lowering that number means frequent monitoring and a fast response to solve problems. It means having trained staff on hand at all hours, ready to jump into action. This is expensive

Boost the IQ of your console servers

Uplogix Local Managers are hands-down the smartest console servers on the market. They go beyond the out-of-band access provided by a traditional console server to deliver a secure platform for network management automation. Did you know that you can apply the same intelligence to your existing console server installation?

Friday, April 17, 2015

Breach report blames the usual suspects

The annual Verizon data breach investigations report came out this week with findings that show that the biggest threats are not new or unknown, but the same vulnerabilities that have plagued IT for years.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Continuing concerns over industrial networks

It's not a new topic, but SCADA and other industrial control networks continue to be integrated into IP networks and utilize old computing platforms (Windows XP) for management of the programmable logic controllers (PLCs) that actually control

Meet Uplogix: Merging software & theater development

When Tim Thomas isn't writing code at Uplogix as a senior software developer, he's writing, acting, producing and occasionally even coding for the Austin theater community.

Tim's work and theater lives collided earlier this year when he worked on Whirligig Theatre's production of Deus Ex Machina, a choose-your-own-adventure retelling of the Oresteia that gave the audience control of the play's storyline. While the original Oresteia was performed in 458 BC, this version was a little more modern.

The audience was encouraged to participate through an SMS message voting system accessed through their cell phones. Tim collaborated to develop the technology that collected votes and projected the results on screens built into the set. Through their voting, the audience determined which prophesies were delivered to characters and ultimately how the play progressed down 1 of 12 potential story lines. Additional voting opportunities expanded the on-the-fly changes to over 12,000 possible unique experiences.

Here is what Tim said about his work in a recent article:
The technology builds upon basic web technology. Each screen is simply projecting a full screen web browser…we use WebSockets to tell the screens when to display voting elements and when to change…we chose text messaging because it was the most accessible option. Something like 87 percent of Austin residents have the ability to send and receive text messages. It also has a built in aspect of one phone number, one vote. No need to have users create accounts for the show. We’d like to eventually add voting by other means, but SMS [short message service] is very simple. 
If you'd like to see more, the application is posted here: https://github.com/tthomas48/deus

As a member of the local theater company Loaded Gun Theory, Tim is currently working on creating a new piece that will use the technology again with added concepts borrowed from role playing games. Some ideas that have been thrown out are things like fighting monsters and winning loot. Tim says the challenge is how to make a personal experience for each member of a 60-100 person audience. 

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Making the out-of-band link your in-band

When it comes to secure connectivity, Uplogix has a variety of out-of-band options. But did you know that the out-of-band connection, invaluable for network management, can also be used as a failover for network traffic in the event of losing the primary

For super support heroes, capes are optional

If you've never had a reason to use the customer support at Uplogix, great. But if you have, odds are you had a favorable experience. In fact, 99% of those who responded to a post-ticket survey indicated they were happy with the outcome

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Does cybersecurity start in the corner office?

While the buck stops at the CEO's desk, are they really the ones who should be driving corporate cybersecurity? Today, since the damage caused by a cyber breach rivals that of a terrible business decision, it only makes sense that the c-suite should

Monday, March 23, 2015

Open vs. closed appliances in your network

When it comes to putting an appliance in your network for out-of-band management, you want to think carefully about whether that appliance is based on an open or closed platform. It might just be the difference between locking up network security and

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Meet Uplogix: Wolfgang Puck's Oscar Winner

While most Uplogix customers know Martta Howard, Uplogix Director of Sales Engineering and Professional Services, for guiding large installations and upgrades to success, or from working with potential customers in the sales process, her culinary skills

Thursday, February 26, 2015

2015 Year of the Network Management Project?

Network monitoring and management projects tied for first place with disaster recovery and business continuity as the top IT initiatives for 2015 in a recent TechTarget poll of over 2,000 IT professionals worldwide.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Short security memory dooming IoT?

HP released a report expressing fears that the IT industry has a nasty habit of forgetting what they've learned security-wise each time it tackles the next big tech challenge. With the increasing excitement about the potential of the Internet of Things

Will SDN kill the networking star?

Most early stage technology trends generate some bold proclamations of their impact. Software Defined Networking is no different. While it will impact the day-to-day job of a network admin, it won't replace them entirely.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

MSPs add cloud to the menu

Many managed service providers (MSPs) are looking to expand their network services into managed cloud services and some are finding that it's not always an easy transition. In addition the traditional management of on-premises equipment and

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Is your network under-inflated?

In the run-up to Superbowl XLIX, one of the key story lines has been "Deflategate" - the accusation that the New England Patriots intentionally under-inflated footballs. This situation has more in common with network SLAs than it does with the science

Cisco survey: Security holes unpatched

The release of Cisco's Annual Security Report shows that corporate security teams are not patching holes in their software or security tools. Less than half of the respondents at 1,700 companies in nine countries use standard tools for ensuring

Config errors better than hackers?

The Facebook downtime event on January 27th, where an hour-long outage at Facebook cut off access to critical status updates worldwide in addition to Instagram posts and Tinder hook-ups, shows the sensitivity of large organizations to public perception

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Digging out with out-of-band

Whether this week's winter storm Juno lived up to the hype (Snowpocalypse, really?), the attention on disruptive weather does make you think about disaster recovery operations. With many people expected to be trapped at home or encouraged to stay