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Startup Uplogix Simplifies Remote Management

Its appliances can manage multiple devices either in or out of band.

If you have network gear in multiple locations but don't have an IT pro at every site, Uplogix would like a word with you. The company sells appliances that let IT perform administration, maintenance, and recovery tasks on switches, routers, and other equipment from a central location using a single interface. --Andrew Conry-Murray

UPLOGIX


Tom Goldman, CEO

Remote gear down? Goldman can help.

HEADQUARTERS: Austin, Texas

PRODUCT: Uplogix 3200 and 430 appliances, Control Center, RMOS 3.5

PRINCIPALS: Tom Goldman, CEO; James Dollar, VP and chief architect; Mark Piening, VP of marketing

INVESTORS: Citi, Adams Capital Management, Fayez Sarofim & Co.

EARLY CUSTOMERS: Citigroup, ADESA, Schlumberger


THE BIG IDEA
Uplogix simplifies maintenance and troubleshooting of routers, switches, firewalls, and other devices deployed at remote locations. Typical in-band management tools run over the network, but an outage will hamper remote administration. By contrast, Uplogix offers robust management capabilities and data collection with a single interface via out-of-band serial ports.

CONTROL KNOBS
The appliance monitors any IP-based device that has a serial port or common network port. Key features include strong configuration capabilities. Administrators can store previous configurations and roll back to a known good state if a configuration change causes problems. They also can perform line-item configuration changes. The Uplogix product offers automated OS upgrades and patches. A remote Web access option lets IT check device health without the command-line interface.

PEDIGREE
Founder Dollar was a network architect for application service providers and drove network strategies for Coca-Cola and Reliant Energy. Goldman was CEO of NetBotz, which was acquired by APC.

BACKGROUND
Uplogix offers two appliances: the 3200 and 430. The 3200 scales up to 32 ports, while the 430 has four ports for locations that have a small number of devices. Both appliances can manage devices in-band via the network and out of band. Uplogix also offers centralized management of multiple appliances through Control Center, a Web-based console. IT can use it to perform all maintenance, configuration, and recovery tasks; get reports; and enforce authorization and access control policies.

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