The IT industry is rapidly growing. In 2020, spending on IT services reached almost $952 billion worldwide, with software accounting for the largest percentage of spending. However, while companies spend more on software, there’s one key thing they need to spend on — out-of-band connectivity and management.
In-Band vs. Out-of-Band Management
In-Band Management entails managing network devices via the LAN, HTTPS, or the web browser. Out-of-band management (OOBM), on the other hand, does not rely on LAN. Instead, it uses a secure and solitary network to ensure networking devices such as switches and routers stay connected.
Why Your Business Needs OOBM
In-Band Management is inexpensive and easy to implement since it only requires one network. Conversely, out-of-band connectivity and management can be costly and more complex to implement. So why should you consider OOBM over in-band?
1. Cheaper Over Time
The initial cost of OOBM can be relatively high, but it may be cheaper in the long term. While in-band management is cheaper to implement, it is more prone to outages. System outages are costly. Moreover, they are often time-consuming to sort out since technicians may be required on-site. OOBM networks are less prone to system outages. As a result, they can save your business a significant amount of money in the long run.
2. Enforced Security
Security breaches are on the rise. In 2020, it was estimated that companies lost an average of $3.86 million thanks to them. Many times, they happen due to cyberattacks from hackers. Networks that use in-band management are at a higher risk of getting compromised because if a hacker infiltrates the network, the whole network is at risk. Out-of-band connectivity and management, on the other hand, offer better network security. Unlike in-band, OOBM enables specific administrators to manage networking devices without disrupting the normal workflow. Administrators can manage devices and restrict access to the network to prevent security breaches.
3. Limit Access
If you’ve outsourced a third party to manage some of your network devices, you should consider out-of-band connectivity and management. With OOBM, you’ll be able to take control of your network and prevent the third party from accessing sensitive information on it.
4. Maintain Uptime
In-band networks are more susceptible to downtime. Downtime is costly. An hour of it can cost an average of $260,000. Your business cannot afford to lose that much money. Out-of-band connectivity and management can ensure your business does not experience downtime. Unlike in-band, OOBM can give you the ability to restart devices that have gone offline remotely. Overall, it’s better for troubleshooting and network automation.
Your business cannot afford downtime. Dispatching technicians to data centers to address downtime issues is costly and time-consuming. You cannot afford to allow hackers to access or destroy sensitive information either. That’s why you need to invest in out-of-band connectivity and management. While it may be expensive at first, the long-term benefits make it a worthwhile investment. Are you considering investing in OOBM for your business or making the switch to it? For professional assistance, contact ZTE Systems to learn more.