Ensuring Always-On Availability for Distributed Healthcare Sites with Opengear Solutions

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Ensuring Always-On Availability for Distributed Healthcare Sites with Opengear Solutions

Accessing Critical Applications at All Times.

Healthcare organizations require constant connectivity to support the applications and devices needed for each aspect of patient care. Digitally tied together, they are constantly adding new technologies to the network which can increase the likelihood of a disruption.

These bandwidth-intensive applications, such as IoT devices, Electronic Medical Records (EHR) and Picture Archiving Systems (PACS), are critical to healthcare organizations, but place a strain on the network.

Opengear ensures the secure, always-on availability needed to meet strict regulatory requirements, decrease costs and improve patient experiences. Proven to ensure network resilience, Opengear devices address some of the more complex challenges facing healthcare organizations today. Simple to manage, quick to deploy and scalable to thousands of locations, Opengear solutions are compatible with any environment.

To learn more about ensuring maximum uptime for your organization, download the white paper today!

Reducing Downtime During Disruptions

Healthcare systems consist of multiple facilities such as hospitals, labs and urgent care centers. Each having multi-point connectivity requirements, creating a need for higher capacity WAN. If one of these points loses connectivity, without the proper solution in place, the entire network could go down, costing an average of $8600 per hour in revenue.

Outages can be causes by a variety if reasons:

  • Cyber attacks: One of the top two industries affected by cyberattacks is healthcare with more than 190 million patient records stolen since 2009.
  • Large amounts of IoT devices: As more IoT devices are added, a greater strain is put on the network edge.
  • Multiple operating systems: Many healthcare deployments use over 20 different operating systems which can cause interoperability challenges.

If a disruption occurs, engineers are at a disadvantage without the proper network visibility. Unable to quickly reach distributed sites, costs can quickly accumulate. Opengear solutions ensure network resilience, enterprise-grade security, and always-on connectivity during a disruption.

Click on our infographic to learn why Opengear is a critical component to maintaining a healthy IT infrastructure.

Ensuring Compliance and Maintaining Privacy

The healthcare industry has unique compliance and security challenges because of the large amounts of sensitive patient data that is collected. These organizations must meet the wide variety of Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA) standards. Governing health-related transactions and procedures, healthcare organizations must adhere to these requirements to ensure that patient information is protected. Fines of up to $1.5 million can be issued for violations, with that number multiplied by the number of years each violation has been allowed to persist.4

The HIPAA security rule requires each healthcare organization to create a contingency plan to ensure that during a disruption, critical business processes are uninterrupted and ensure that electronically protected health information (ePHI) is safeguarded.

Opengear solutions are the foundation of a contingency plan. Lighthouse Enterprise provides full network visibility while Smart Out-of-Band enables engineers to monitor, manage and remediate IT issues at any remote site. Paired with Failover to Cellular which provides always-on availability with 4G LTE, they are able to continue normal business operations while the issue is remediated.

Read our Healthcare Network Solutions Overview to better understand the importance of maintaining a healthy network.

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Ensure Full Network Visibility with Opengear Lighthouse Enterprise

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Ensure Full Network Visibility with Opengear Lighthouse Enterprise

Lighthouse Enterprise provides resilient access and visibility, especially during critical failures. The centralized management platform supports the Big 3 cloud providers, so users have flexibility to choose how they deploy Opengear’s Smart Out-of-Band solution.

Key Features

High Availability

Large enterprise users can maximize availability with redundant systems utilizing the Multi-Instance Operation. It provides the ability to access nodes through multiple Lighthouse instances, at the same time

Remote IP Access

Remote IP access allows for ease of access to all network connected nodes regardless of protocol. Gain access from anywhere over both In and Out-of-Band connections.

Zero Touch Deployment

Opengear’s Lighthouse Enrollment bundles and ZTP provides administrators the tools to automate the configuration and enrollment process.

Lighthouse Centralized Management

  • Central network hub and management portal for Opengear Smart OOB™ devices for resilient management
  • Scalable administration and automation – from Day One provisioning to routine operations and disaster recovery
  • Seamless, always-available connectivity, regardless of remote WAN or LAN health or status
  • Centralized, secure, end-to-end out-of-band management
  • Access managed devices by name regardless how they are connected
    Purpose-built to “just give me a console” during 3 a.m. network meltdowns!
  • Tunnel through firewalls, carrier NAT and failover via Lighthouse VPN
FEATURES
LIGHTHOUSE ENTERPRISE
LIGHTHOUSE
Centralized Management of Opengear Console Servers and Third-Party Devices
Web Standard access (No Java / other tools or software required)
NetOps Automation Engine and Orchestration
Administration and Automation for Day One Operations
Routine Maintenance and Disaster Recovery Access
Standardized RESTful API allowing access to aspects of the platform
Smart Tags and Grouping via meta tags directly in LH
User Access Grouping locally and via AAA Servers
Cloud Hosting – Amazon Web Services (AWS) ​
Cloud Hosting – Microsoft Azure
Cloud Hosting – Google Compute Engine (GCE)
Remote IP Access
High Availability

Secure and Resilient Financial Network Solutions from Opengear

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Secure and Resilient Financial Network Solutions from Opengear

Finance is one of the most regulated industries in the world. Constantly facing newly emerging threats, compliance requirements, and customer demands, a network disruption can dismantle credibility and render systems useless.

To meet these demands, financial institutions are integrating more IoT at branch locations, increasing the usage of mobile apps and creating more distributed sites – all requiring additional network capabilities. As these organizations adjust their operations to accommodate these needs, a new set of network requirements must be met, such as faster bandwidth, increased security and the ability to scale to ensure business continuity.

Ensuring uptime in finance

Opengear solutions are deployed by some of the largest financial institutions in the world. Ensuring always-on network resilience, they ensure that infrastructure can be managed remotely and are scalable.

Watch our video to learn how ATMs, trading platforms and other financial systems continue to run during a network disruption.

To learn more about the security risks of disruptions and how to ensure network resilience, download our whitepaper today!

Creating compliant and secure networks

The average cost of a data breach is $3.86 million, which can result in brand damage, lost customers and thousands of dollars in fines. In finance, cyberattacks, such as malware, mobile apps, and unencrypted data, are one of the largest threats to network security. In an effort to decrease disruptions and safeguard customer information, a variety of regulatory requirements have been created.

Opengear solutions provide enterprise-grade security for edge and core networks. Advanced security and encryption features that are built-in to each device ensure that routers, phones, and ATMs are updated with the latest compliance standards. Lighthouse Centralized Management gives organizations full visibility into their network to detect faults before they become failures.

To better understand threats directly facing financial institutions and how to extend your reach during outages, click the image.

Deploying SD-WAN in financial networks

Financial organizations understand the important role proximity plays when improving customer experiences. To broaden their reach, many are expanding their branch locations and using more kiosks. Deploying SD-WAN establishes secure VPN connections across any service and provides the necessary bandwidth for cloud tools and services, becoming more used within the industry.

However, advanced SD-WAN routers create single points of failure and a network disruption can cause financial institutions many issues. Failover to Cellular™ provides internet connectivity for remote LANs and equipment using 4G LTE in the event of a disruption. Smart Out-of-Band provides an alternate secure pathway so the network continues to operate when other circuits are unavailable.

Watch this video to learn why one of the leading banks in the United States chose to add Opengear to their SD-WAN deployment.

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