Protect Against Lost Revenues with Out of Band Management (OOBM)

Pat Verrington

We recently discussed the growing importance of wireless failover systems to ensure continuous Internet connectivity. Preventing outages and ensuring network uptime is a top priority for IT Teams who are tasked with keeping POS systems, VoIP phones, and other cloud-based services up and running for company-wide branches and mobile offices.

A critical aspect of any wireless failover system is implementing out-of-band management (OOBM) infrastructure. OOBM provides access and control of an IT infrastructure during times of network outage. OOBM solutions create a secondary, secure path to devices at remote locations, saving time and money by allowing IT to troubleshoot from a distance without requiring costly site visits or truck rolls.

While there is an upfront investment required to implement OOBM, it is significantly less than the financial and reputational loss of a network outage. Contrasted with the cost of business interruption, which, depending on the size of the organization and the size of the outage, can equal hundreds of thousands of dollar per hour.

Without OOBM, businesses must check connections locally and order replacement devices, which takes time. Another option, which is quicker but more costly, is to have a technician inspect and repair/replace the faulty device. OOBM eliminates the time and resources spent waiting for services to be restored by giving real-time access to IT admins who can quickly diagnose the problem and determine next steps. The end result is a drastic reduction in downtime and expenditure. This is especially important for businesses operating in industries such as Healthcare, where downtime can interrupt critical patient care.

Businesses interested in implementing or upgrading OOBM services will benefit from turnkey solutions and bundling of connected services , which will bring down OOBM investment and provide an integrated infrastructure of connectivity. This will also offer greater scalability for organizations to grow and for smaller organizations to retrofit for their needs.

Looking for more information on OOBM? Reach out to KORE today.


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