Many organizations have dozens, even hundreds of network closets, server labs and other small IT and Telecom rooms in their facility or campus. All-too-often, these rooms have been monitored by multiple applications with a Network Management System (NMS) monitoring the SNMP devices, a Building Management System (BMS) monitoring the environmental and power conditions and a Security Management System (SMS) monitoring the entrance to these rooms. RackGuardian is the first product built to provide Secure, Unified Monitoring for All Your Network Closets. For the first time, you can monitor all your SNMP, Environmental, Power and Security Systems on a single, secure, cloud-based platform.
RackGuardian is a secure, cloud-based management appliance which you place in each of your network rooms. It has a secure port from which to gather information from any SNMP, Modbus or other network device. It also contains 4 environmental monitoring ports which can connect to temperature, humidity, water leak detection, fire alarm or other sensors. In addition, it also includes two Wiegand access control ports which can interface with most any card-access or biometric access system. This gives you total scope monitoring capabilities for each room in which you place a RackGuardian.
As RackGuardian gathers data, it continuously monitors this data with self-learning analytics. This allows the system to eliminate nuisance alarms from traditional high-low alarm set points by using its patent-pending alarm analytics. The self-learning analytics literally learn the normal operating parameters of each device and each data-point within each device. By doing this, you know that, when the RackGuardian system does send you an alarm, a statistically significant event is near.
RackGuardian pushes all its statistical data to the AlphaGuardian secure cloud server once per minute – unless an alarm is spotted, in which case it pushes this data immediately to the cloud for alarm notification. All data pushed to the cloud is done by secure 2048 bit encryption – Military grade protection. In addition, the data is pushed because the RackGuardian acts as a data diode, one-way communication device. It pushes data to the cloud securely but it will NOT allow any device to connect to itself or to any of the devices that it is protecting. In fact, once a device is connected to the RackGuardian, it becomes stealth to your network. No one can see the device or even knows that it exists.
Having a secure, cloud system that unifies all of your devices is a strategic advantage. When you use different systems to monitor the same rooms, you have a potential for confusion and even disaster. RackGuardian has a heirarchical, stratified access system that allows multiple departments and multiple levels within those departments to see only the items under their control. In this way, the facilities department can securely see the environmental and power conditions, the network manager can see their servers, switches and other SNMP devices and the security officer can see when and by whom each room is accessed.
By eliminating multiple systems with a single, unified system, RackGuardian saves money both in the short and long term. By offering all data in a secure, cloud-based platform, you have the ability to scale from a small number of rooms in one site to thousands of sites on a national or even global scale. RackGuardian’s power can be seen in the diagram below which slows its security, simplicity and power.
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