Home » Blog » Get Your Guide to Business Continuity with Out-of-Band Management

When business continuity is on your mind, out-of-band management should be, too. That’s because your network serves as the backbone of your enterprise. Whether you’re in retail, manufacturing, oil & gas, or another industry, you need to make sure information and services reach your appropriate user base. This could mean supporting critical point-of-sale systems on your showroom floor, or ensuring sensor data transmission from platforms drilling into the seafloor.

That’s why out-of-band is so critical to business continuity. This management network allows you to gain remote control of your physical and virtual assets, so that you can remediate issues, make configuration changes, update firmware, and more — even if you’re across the globe.

To help you understand more about this crucial technology, we’re giving you our free Gorilla Guide to Better Business Continuity.

But first, let’s recap what out-of-band management is

There are two approaches you can take to manage your network: in-band and out-of-band.

In-band management is when you access network assets via your main connection. With an in-band approach, you use https, SSH, or other protocols to gain access through your production network. This means that should a disruption occur, you’re left without any ability to manage your devices.

Out-of-band management is when you set up an isolated management path that’s separate from other networks. This gives you the ability to gain access to your systems, even if your main connection suffers an outage.

Businesses around the world use out-of-band for data center and branch networking continuity. Here’s a brief explainer video showing its advantages:  

What are the benefits of out-of-band management?

Out-of-band management brings many benefits to your enterprise, all of which improve your ability to maintain business continuity. 

  • 3 reasons why you need it — From improving response times and restoring uptime, to gaining more control of your infrastructure, discover 3 reasons why out-of-band is so critical to business continuity.
  • How automation makes you more efficient — See how automation streamlines network operations and processes, so you can stay focused on business and less on routine tasks.
  • Best practices for out-of-band networks — Get expert advice for setting up your out-of-band network, and designing a solution that’s secure & accessible.
  • How the cloud improves out-of-band — Learn about how cloud-based provisioning can help you set up devices and networks easily, and deliver your out-of-band configuration at the push of a button.

Let us show you how you can put your best network staff on the job, no matter where they’re located.