Console Management raised to a new level with Opengear Smart OOB™

Out-of-band (OOB) access to critical infrastructure was pioneered 30+ years ago. It began as a DIY solution where engineers used terminal servers or repurposed hardware with serial ports to access infrastructure. With the growth of crammed data closets and sophisticated data centers, software tools (PuTTY, OpenSSH) allowed sysadmins to create console management solutions.

Today, the exponential growth and increased complexity of IT infrastructure — M2M, Cloud, IoT — drives the need for smarter real-time decision-making, deeper data analysis, and robust data storage at the network edge. Infrastructure must be more resilient. Sustained outages can cripple an enterprise. Traditional console management isn’t enough.

Computer network diagram.

Enter Opengear’s Smart OOB™ solution to raise console management to a new level:

  • Secure remote out-of-band access and infrastructure management
  • Alternate path to remote sites for monitoring, auto-response and remediation to increase uptime and IT resilience
  • Monitor everything including the physical environment (network, server, power, environmental, storage) to proactively detect faults before they become failures
  • Integrated cellular connectivity (4G LTE, 3G) certified with major carriers globally to increase uptime
  • Failover to Cellular™ to ensure faster recovery from network/IT failures

Don’t settle for “dumb” solutions when Opengear Smart OOB™ provides increased uptime and IT resiliency. Learn more.


EVENT RECAP: Vantage Minneapolis

Vantage Thank You

The Vantage Minneapolis event on June 3, 2015 brought in over 120 local Minneapolis solution providers, Ingram Micro   associates, and Manufacturer representative attendees to the Hyatt Regency in Downtown Minneapolis. With the event theme of “Improve Your Vantage Point – how to prepare for the new IT”, Ingram Micro’s objective was to improve our customers’ vantage points by helping solution providers and manufacturer partners build their businesses and be more   profitable by developing 3 key areas:

1) Understand today’s market challenges and offer relevant solutions

2) Identify and bring new market opportunities to our partners

3) Enable our partners to focus on their core businesses and leverage our vast capabilities

One of the main highlights of the day’s agenda was the Keynote Address from Michael Rogers, Practical Futurist, who recently completed two years as futurist-in-residence for The New York Times and is a columnist for He is also a best-selling novelist whose fiction explores the human impact of technology. He shared great insight on the future of technology and where it’s taking us. Find out more about Michael here:

Attendees also received a better understanding of the 2015 Top CIO Priorities and how to leverage the many offerings of Ingram Micro and manufacturer partners.

Many thanks to our 28 Manufacturer Sponsors:

Adaptec, B&B Smartworx, BitDefender, Check Point, ClearOne, Cyberpower, Dell SonicWALL, Ingram Micro Sourcing Solutions, Intel, Jabra, Kaspersky Lab, Kingston, Microsemi, Panduit, Plantronics, QLogic, Revolabs, Sanus, Sennheiser, ShoreTel, SMK Link, Sophos, Tenable, Trend Micro, V7, VMWare, VXI, Western Digital


Hearing from Michael Rogers


Lunch time networking


Group discussions during the Interactive Solutions Workshop


Private tour of Minnesota Twins Target Field


Perfect photo opportunity with the Minnesota Twins mascot


Socializing during the Networking Reception at Target Field



Upcoming Technology Webinars in June!

Check out our great line up of technology webinars in June! Everything you need to know about Data Center, IT Security, and Unified Communications!

IT Security

Webinar Title: “Everything Security”

Date/Time: Thursday, June 18 at 11:00am – 12:00pm Pacific

Register Here:

Unified Communications

Webinar Title: “State of Unified Communications & Collabration”

Date/Time: Tuesday, June 23 at 11:00am – 12:00pm Pacific

Register Here:

Data Center

Webinar Title: “All About Software Defined Data Centers”

Date/Time: Thursday , June 25 at 11:00am – 12:00pm Pacific

Register Here:

Attend and you will be entered into a drawing for a $50 Amazon Gift Card. Attend all 3 for 3 chances to win!

EVENT RECAP: Technology Solutions Conference – April 14 – 15, 2015

Last week on April 14 & 15, over 100 Ingram Micro associates, manufacturer partners, and solution providers gathered in Buffalo, NY for Ingram Micro’s annual Technology Solutions Conference.

With the theme of “Rethink, Reassess, Reevaluate” – solution provider attendees were challenged to rethink their IT strategies and understand that the OLD IT is no longer. Ingram Micro and manufacturer partners taught solution providers on:

• Business analytics

• Security solutions for small and large organizations

• Vertical consultancy around HIPAA , PCI and EMV

• Refresh opportunities with Windows Server 2003 EOS (end of support)

• Power of Choice: offering clients on premise, hybrid and Cloud solutions and leveraging the IM portfolio

• Professional Services: how to build and augment your offering so that you offer complete solutions

• Storage technologies

It was a very educational and worthwhile experience for all the attendees. Check out our photos below!

Thank you to our manufacturer sponsors: Bitdefender, Dell SonicWALL, Emerson Network Power, ESET, Fortinet, HGST, IBM Software, Intel Security/McAfee, Jabra, Juniper Networks, Kaspersky Lab, Logitech, NETGEAR, Nexsan, Panduit, Plantronics, Pulse Secure, Raritan, Sennheiser, ShoreTel, Tenable, Trend Micro, Veeam, VXI, WatchGuard.

Technology Fair

Technology Fair



Great suits, guys!


Cloud Presentation

Cloud Presentation


Solutions Workshop

Solutions Workshop


Expert Panel

Ingram Micro Expert Panel






All Registrations for Spring ONE 2015 Event are Due – Friday, April 10th

Spring ONE 2015

May 3 – 6, 2015

Orlando World Center Marriott

If you’re wondering how to create a better culture, expand your team’s creativity or help your employees with professional development, then Spring ONE 2015 is your perfect fit–and registration is now open.

  • Are you struggling to build a business plan?
  • Or is your challenge getting your team to support and execute it?
  • What about developing your team (or hiring the right team members to begin with)?
  • Do you have the right folks on the bus, in the right seats?
  • Do you have a plan for training and development? Wonder how your peers handle business operations, track KPI/growth and plan for the future?

If you answered YES to any of those questions, Spring ONE is an exceptional opportunity for you. Plus, if you’re investing in SMB, systems building or vertical markets such as healthcare and public sector, you won’t want to miss ONE; it’s where, alongside members of five Ingram Micro communities (VTN, SMB Alliance, Public Sector Elite FED, System ArchiTECHS and Healthcare Elite), you have the opportunity to immerse yourself in building business skills with the help of leading business-development coaches, Ingram Micro experts and your peers–all with the goal of helping you strengthen your bench. We encourage you to bring along members of your team and take full advantage of this chance to grow and expand business knowledge.

Don’t miss this prime opportunity to learn and network with business experts offering their expertise on topics such as:

  • Accelerating Your Cloud Business–Ted Roller, CompTIA Faculty
  • Benchmark Jobs to Hire the Best and Avoid the Rest–David Russell, CEO MANAGEtoWIN
  • Profitable Partnering–Brian Sherman, CompTIA Faculty
  • The Reactive to Proactive Sales Call–Bonnie Swanson, Ingram Micro
  • Motivating Your Team: Talent, Strength, Engagement and Business Outcomes–Dan Shundoff, CEO, Intellicom

If you’re ready to evolve and grow your business and leadership skills, then register today so you don’t miss Spring ONE 2015, one of the industry’s largest events.

Register today!!!

Have questions? Email for the answers.

Technology Solutions Conference: “Rethink, Reassess, Reevaluate”

 Join us at the Technology Solutions Conference in Buffalo on April 14 – 15!

Ingram Micro is pleased to invite you to the Technology Solutions Conference (TSC), April 14-15, 2015, in Buffalo, N.Y.

This year, companies are rethinking their IT strategies. Organizations are reassessing how IT innovation impacts their bottom lines–reducing expenses, increasing sales and creating new competitive advantages.

As their trusted advisor, you want to be on the leading edge of innovation so that you can deliver solutions to help your clients achieve their goals.

What you will learn by attending the TSC

  1. Education on business analytics
  2. Security solutions for small and large organizations
  3. Vertical consultancy around HIPAA , PCI and EMV
  4. Refresh opportunities with Windows Server 2003 end of support
  5. Premise, hybrid and cloud solutions and leveraging the Ingram Micro portfolio
  6. How to build and augment your offering with Professional Services so that you offer complete solutions
  7. Data management trends and Ingram Micro offerings to help you capitalize on them

Ingram Micro can help you weed through the complexities and offer best-in-breed sales support, professional services, supply chain management, logistics and technology options to your customers. Solution provider attendees will also have a chance to meet with their sales teams and tour the Ingram Micro Solution Center.


Please register by Monday, April 6 to reserve your spot for this valuable event.

From Vendor to Advisor – FREE Webinar!

mg_2678On Thursday, March 26, 2015, David Stelzl, Author of From Vendor to Advisor will be sharing the secret to becoming your customer’s Trusted Advisor.

This session is specifically designed for technology resellers, with an emphasis on selling larger technology projects and managed services. Drawing from his book, David will be sharing specific strategies on how to move away from point product selling to larger, more profitable business – but you must register.

Register today to save your spot!

Dave will be addressing several items including:

o How to gain access to new clients
o How to ask great questions when meeting with CIOs and Other Business Leaders
o The Big 4 Framework for Discovery and Assessment
o and a Bonus topic at the end, Closing 95% of your Proposals

Don’t miss out! REGISTER TODAY for this valuable webinar! Join us at 10am Pacific on 3/26!