Out-of-Band Management

provides your engineers with the ability to use alternate communications

that are not part of the network’s bandwidth to access the network’s firewall, routers, bridges, sonnet switches, and servers.

Our Solutions

Because it is easy to use and inexpensive, SNMP (the Simple Network Management Protocol) network management is the industry choice for managing wide area and local area networks. But this form of In Band Management via the network has one serious disadvantage.

SNMP management information travels the same network path as your data, using the same WAN and LAN routers, hubs, and communications links. This means that if your network is the issue, communication via SNMP will be subject to the same problems your network is experiencing. Compounding that, any secure information you may be loading into your remote device (like passwords, keys, or ID’s) are exposed to interception and cannot be considered absolutely secure.

When the network goes down or is severely disrupted, SNMP traffic cannot act as a bridge between the affected device and the management workstation. Any time the network connection is down, all forms of In-Band Management are useless.

It is at this point that Out- of -Band Management provides your engineers with the ability to use alternate communications that are not part of the network’s bandwidth to access the network’s firewall, routers, bridges, sonnet switches, and servers.

Out-of-Band Management products enable technicians to perform maintenance operations without the security risks of In-Band Management, while always having the guaranteed access of Out Of Band Management. Using Out-of-Band Management means it is even possible to reach the network or network device when they are out of commission.

Further, all communication can be fully encrypted, using the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES). The product line also has In Band Management capabilities to provide real time information as to the status to the devices.

CDI has been addressing the needs of government security for over a decade.  Our legacy products are FIPS 140-1 and FIPS 140-2 validated. All our newer PA100 series products are FIPS 140-2 validated to level 3 for most parts of the security policy. The PA100 series are also FISMA compliant which is also mandated for government network installations. Our products are installed in virtually every major Federal Network and have been recognized as the de facto leader in government level secure out of band management.

CDI has brought our legacy of outstanding high secure Out of band management devices to the commercial sector with the advent of the PA200 series. This series was designed from the ground up for the commercial marketplace by providing Two Factor authentication along with optional encryption to address PCI compliance and corporate liability. This is the most cost effective solution for these features available in the marketplace today. CDI still remains the only vendor to offer full two factor authentication even without a network connection in operation.

CDI products are designed with the Managed Service Provider in mind. The OBM software allows multiple customer networks to be added to the system any provisioned individually with secure access granulated by engineer to each customer network. A single set of client devices can be used to manage many customer networks or client devices can be “dedicated” to each customer. It is important for the MSP to ensure that they are installing the most secure solution available to them for liability protection in the event of a network compromise. CDI device meet the requirements for PCI in the commercial marketplace and FISMA in the federal marketplace. Whatever you customer base, CDI has a solution for their Secure Out of Band Management needs.

There are many different options for placement of Secure Out of Band Management Appliances at remote sites.

They can be connected by:

  1. Network and modem
  2. Modem only
  3. Network only

There are pro’s and con’s for each type of placement. CDI equipment is made to handle any type of installation.

Questions? Browse our Frequently Asked Questions

Our Partners

CDI has developed relationships with industry leaders in the Managed Services Provider space.
The MSP’s have standardized on CDI for secure out of band management.

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