Out-of-band monitoring for the AIoT

Out-of-band monitoring for the AIoT

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By Nick Flaherty

Innodisk has launched a hardware module that allows out-of-band remote management of systems even if they crash or are completely offline.

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

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As AIoT systems become increasingly more advanced, and the systems they power become ever more crucial, high availability is vital and reliable management tools are a key element in this. Without an out-of-band system, connection failures, device shut downs and OS crashes mean the device is unable to be monitored remotely through the main device’s LAN port, or Wi-Fi connection.

With an InnoAgent module, even if there is a major issue in hardware or software, monitoring applications such as Innodisk’s iCAP can still access the device’s information. Additionally, remote commands can still be sent to the device, like power reset, via the module’s LAN port. This 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 uses in the field, as a backup to in-band management for increased availability, or as the only form of remote management for increased security. An API supports integration into existing systems and InnoAgent also supports -40° to 85°C wide temperature technology, and complies with the electrostatic protection specification EN61000-4-2 (ESD) Air-15kV, and Contact-8kV.

InnoAgent is slated for distribution in Q2 2022, and will offer a stable long-term supply.

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