Written by Daniel Verastiqui
Daniel Verastiqui is the Director of Client Services and Corporate Communications at Uplogix, Inc.
The year was 2013, Apple unveiled the iPhone 5S, Sony released the Playstation 4, and we launched the next generation of our Local Management Platform, the Uplogix 500 and 5000 Local Managers. You heard that right. The Uplogix 5-Series appliances have been out in the world for over eight years! Considering how quickly technology moves, that’s a pretty amazing feat. Personally, I don’t know anyone who owns technology from eight years ago, and if I did, I would ask them politely but firmly to leave my home and take their Motorola Razr flip phone with them. Or, if the mood strikes me, I would recommend they refresh their tech and upgrade to the latest version.
Today, the mood strikes me, so I’m going to tell you how easy and affordable it is to upgrade your 500/5000 to our latest and greatest Local Managers, the LM80 and LM83X.
Is The New Platform Better, Faster, and Stronger?
I’m always upgrading my PC at home, mostly because they keep re-releasing Crysis, but also because I cannot abide slowness. If I click on the Word icon, I want that app to launch and be ready to use before I can take my hand off the mouse and put it back on the keyboard. When it comes to network management and our software, better hardware means faster operation and more storage for your important files. Let’s see how the current and previous generations stack up.
|Console||DCE||DCE||Auto DCE/DTE||Auto DCE/DTE|
|Fixed Serial Ports||6||6||8||8|
|Total Possible Physical Serial Ports||6||38||8||56|
|Total Possible Virtual Ports||16||16||16||16|
|USB Type A||2(v2.0)||2(v2.0)||1(v2.0)||1(v2.0)|
|USB Mini B||1 (console)||1 (console)||0||0|
|USB Type C||0||0||1(v3.0) (console or device)||1(v3.0) (console or device)|
|Fixed SFP Port||0||0||1(Gbps)||1(Gbps)|
|LCD/Keypad||none||1(Built In)||none||Optional Card|
|Option Card Bays||0||2(x1 PCle Gen1 each)||0||3(2, x1 PCle Gen2 each)|
|Mini-option Slot||USB 2.0||USB 2.0||USB 3.0||USB 3.0|
|Disk||mSATA (30-60GB)||2.5"SSD (40-120 GB)||NVMe (256GB)||NVMe (256GB)|
|Processor||600 MHz Intel Atom w/ HT (32-bit)||1.3 GHz Intel Atom w/ HT (32-bit)||1.2 GHz Quad Core Arm Cortex-A72 (64-bit)||1.2 GHz Quad Core Arm Cortex-A72 (64-bit)|
20 Watts - 12V External Brick
|40 Watts - Internal Dual Current-Sharing AC||30 Watts Internal Single AC||60 Watts - Internal Dual Current-Sharing AC|
|Cooling||Heatsink||Synjet or Fan||Heatsink||Dual Fans|
|Size||1.7"h x 6.5"w x 5.25"d||1.7"h x 17.5"w x 8.5"d||1.7"h x 10"w x 6.4"d||1.7"h x 17.5"w x 10.4"d|
If I had to pick my three favorites, I’d go with:
- Port density increased to 56, allowing us to manage not only the rack we’re in, but the rack next to it, and maybe the one next to that one too
- Storage increased to 256GB, plenty of room for all those massive operating system files modern routers and switches are shipping with
- CPU upgraded to quad core, which means the only processing bottleneck is the baud rate connecting us to your managed devices
Is Migrating to a New Platform Hard?
Who told you that? Steve? Why are you listening to him when you’ve got the entirety of Uplogix Support backing you up? We’ve already got documentation showing you how to move from an Uplogix 5000 to an LM83X, and it’s basically as simple as swapping out the cables. On the Control Center side, all you need to do is click that Replace button and you’re golden. The only place you might get tripped up is on the slot numbering, which is reversed on the LM83X. Luckily, we have this handy graphic:
It’s just that easy. If you’d like to learn more about the migration process, see https://uplogix.com/docs/6.2/local-manager-user-guide/series-8/migration-guide-5000-to-lm83X.
Is The New Platform Reliable?
It would be irresponsible of me to jinx the reliability of the LM80 and LM83X by telling you that the first units shipped over a year ago and none have come back due to hardware-related failures, so I won’t even dare say something like that. Instead, I’ll tell you that our goal is to make every generation of Local Manager more robust than the one before, and we believe we have done that again. In the unlikely event a hardware failure does occur, Uplogix products are backed by a one-year, full hardware replacement warranty. Power surge fries a box on Monday? We’ll have a new one to you on Wednesday.
As always, customers with an active maintenance contract continue to enjoy advance hardware replacement after the first year, so you never have to worry about a hard drive hiccup.
Is The New Platform Affordable?
Absolutely. At Uplogix, we take care of our customers, especially those who have already made a considerable investment into their Local Manager deployment. While we would love for our hardware to last forever, we know that’s not possible. (That said, we still have our first-generation Local Managers running in our lab!) When it’s time to replace old hardware, we want to make that process as easy and affordable as possible.
For pricing information, simply reach out to your Account Executive. If you’re not sure who that is, contact Uplogix Support and we’ll make sure you reach the right person.
The Time Is Now
There has never been a better time to refresh your Uplogix deployment than now. The old platform is getting on in years, the new platform has been out for a while, and the serial port density price points have never been more attractive. Once you give us the green light, the Uplogix Technical Services team will engage you to plan, prepare, and execute your refresh. We’ll be with you every step of the way to make the transition painless.
Ready to upgrade? Shoot me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get started! For more information on the upgrade program click below.