Discrete and Process Automation

Innodisk brings advancements to the OOB space with InnoAgent

28 April 2022

As artificial intelligence of things systems become increasingly more advanced, and the systems they power become ever more crucial to our daily lives, it is as important as ever to ensure high availability and have reliable management tools.

For this reason, Innodisk has launched InnoAgent, a new hardware module that allows out-of-band (OOB) remote management of systems, even if they have crashed or are completely offline.

OOB remote management technology allows system operators to manage and maintain devices even when a device’s hardware or software is malfunctioning. In InnoAgent’s case, this is possible through an independent UART, RS232 or GPIO connection to the system from the module. Even if the device’s regular network connection is completely unavailable due to a system crash, the device remains accessible through InnoAgent’s separate communications channel.

Without an OOB solution like InnoAgent, devices shut down and operating systems crash during connection failures, preventing remote monitoring through the main device’s LAN port or Wi-Fi connection.

Source: InnodiskSource: Innodisk

On devices with an InnoAgent module, even if there is a major issue, whether it be hardware or software, monitoring applications such as Innodisk’s iCAP , they can still access the device’s information. Additionally, remote commands can be sent to the device, like power reset, all via the module’s LAN port. This powerful ability to restart, and send other useful commands to crashed devices eliminates the need to have engineers on site 24/7.

InnoAgent has two main use cases in the field: as a backup to in-band management for increased availability, or as the only form of remote management for increased security. Both use cases are served well by InnoAgent’s vast feature set and integration options, which include an API, allowing easy unification with existing systems. In addition, InnoAgent also supports -40° C to 85° C wide temperature technology, and complies with the electrostatic protection specification EN61000-4-2 (ESD) Air-15 kV, and Contact-8 kV.

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