Marcio Saito will help Opeangear to enhance the technical features of their network-resilient solutions Opengear a provider of infrastructure management solutions through advanced console servers, remote management, monitoring, and cellular out-of-band products, announced the appointment of Marcio Saito as Chief Technology Officer. Saito joins Opengear with extensive industry experience in executive leadership positions at global technology companies. He will have responsibility over the company’s product and technology strategy, and will also establish an Opengear office in Silicon Valley and oversee the hiring of local engineering talent. “Marcio comes to Opengear with a history of demonstrating foresight and strategic acumen in the data centre infrastructure space,” said Rick Stevenson, CEO, Opengear. “His expertise will be invaluable as Opengear continues to create innovative products designed to manage critical IT in data centres and beyond, and to further enhance the technical features of our network-resilient solutions from embedded Smart OOB to Failover to Cellular. Marcio is a powerful addition to our leadership team, and the perfect fit to drive our product and technology strategy.” Previous work experience Prior to accepting his position with Opengear, Saito served in several executive leadership positions at companies that have made key contributions to advancing the technology used in the data centre industry under his stewardship. In his thirteen years as Chief Technology Officer at Cyclades, Saito stood as a pioneer in the open source software movement, and helped to establish the concept of out-of-band management for data centre infrastructure. Following the acquisition of Cyclades, Saito served as Vice President of Strategy and Technology for Avocent, where he managed several product and engineering teams and led the development of one of the first DCIM solutions on the market. “In the past few years, the best practices for IT infrastructure management have undergone a great deal of change,” said Saito. “In the data centre, we continue moving towards larger-scale, more homogeneous deployments with an accelerated decoupling of dependencies between hardware and software layers. At business’ branch offices, we see LTE and other wireless and mobile technologies enabling better intelligence that’s closer to the edge of the network. These transformations create opportunities for innovation and demand change in the technologies used to manage this critical infrastructure. Opengear is positioned to play an important role in that transition, and I’m excited to be a part of it.”
The Smart OOB™ platform includes a new F2C feature that ensures uninterrupted connectivity for remote networks during primary WAN downtime Opengear, (Cisco Live Milan, stand E44) will offer the first European public demonstration of its Smart OOB™ platform including a new Failover to Cellular™ (F2C) feature that ensures uninterrupted connectivity for remote networks during primary WAN downtime. Opengear’s Smart OOB™ combined with F2C enables companies and managed service providers to monitor, access, manage and automatically remediate their remote networks, from anywhere, to improve operational efficiency and resilience. Opengear is a leading provider of critical infrastructure management solutions through Smart OOB™ based advanced console servers, remote management, monitoring, failover and cellular out-of-band products. The new Failover to Cellular™ capabilities are now available in Opengear’s cellular-enabled ACM remote site management and IM infrastructure management devices and includes transparent failover to 4G/3G cellular networks using simple and reliable IP Passthrough. The technology allows business operations to continue while IT staff resolve connectivity issues with the primary Internet connection. The Opengear platform integrates seamlessly with existing IT systems and network infrastructure, with automatic failover and transparent "failback” when the primary connection is restored. The technology has been tested extensively with Cisco devices and complements Smart OOB™ capabilities to monitor critical network and power devices, alerting admins to important events. “The cost of network downtime has never been higher,” said Rick Stevenson, CEO, Opengear. “Connectivity hiccups – let alone full-blown outages – commonly result in million-dollar revenue losses and affect virtually all industries. Add to that the proliferation of connected devices vying for always-on connectivity and even more stress will be put on networks. How businesses respond is critical; with Opengear’s new Failover to Cellular™ and Smart OOB™ technology, we’re providing an unparalleled solution for ensuring IT resilience with maximum uptime. Network connection failures happen, but they don’t have to be crippling – or even noticeable – with Opengear.” Opengear has grown its channel partners from under 30 in 2012 to over 75 as of the end of 2014, of which around 40% are also Cisco channel partners. “Serving the Cisco community is a major focus for Opengear and our attendance and demonstration of F2C at Cisco Live is part of our continuing commitment to continually advance our product set with innovative new features that align with both existing needs and emerging trends across the wider industry,” Stevenson adds. Opengear will be demonstrating its full product portfolio at Cisco Live, the flagship annual technical training, networking and education event which runs from 26th to 30th of January in Milan, Italy.