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December 05, 2011

Why Appliance Deployment Life Cycle Management is Crucial for Ongoing Success

By Jamie Epstein, TMCnet Web Editor

It makes no difference if telecom providers are deciding to deploy their appliances within a physical, virtual or cloud deployment; they are all required to manage these products in the long run, and this can be a major challenge to some.

Jeff Hudgins (News - Alert), vice president of marketing for NEI, was featured in a recent video in which he stated, “If you don’t have the right long-term strategy to manage, monitor and maintain your application, you can easily erode profits.”

Why can this be so tough for providers? It is essential that providers set themselves apart from others on the market by offering innovative features and driving market demand, which doesn’t allow for time to fully support and oversee these applications once deployed.

 To help with this important element, NEI’s (News - Alert) application management functionality can easily streamline this process. According to Hudgins, “As part of our module approach, our Element Manager suite simplifies health monitoring, image backups and automatic updates. We’ve designed a solution that provides visibility to critical hardware and software components used in physical and virtual environments.”

NEI’s Health and Alarm Managers allow for organizations to gain access to a highly reliable tool that will continuously analyze and maintain the system. The company’s Image Manager acts as a disaster recovery plan that will get things up and running in a small period of time if the appliance isn’t working properly. In addition, the NEI Update Service is comprised of an innovative toolset that allows users to remotely deliver applications, OS and other software updates across all types of deployments.

Moreover, due to NEI’s patented digital fingerprint technology, “updates are securely distributed and authenticated. “NEI’s service eliminates the pain and cost of updating Linux and Windows operating systems, as well as any applications residing on the network -- whether connected or not.” 

Customers can utilize the Hosted Update service to load and build change sets as well as approve changes before allowing appliances in the field to download updates. Although updates are approved, a backup of software is stored automatically to ensure that quick recovery can be reached if a failure occurs.

NEI’s 5-Point Lead System can offer users unparalleled benefits. Hudgins concluded, “Our application management capabilities are second to none and provide a key competitive advantage. As a result, companies can deploy faster, better, and with far greater efficiency, all the while staying focused on their core competency and reducing costs.”

To see how much money your company can save, click here to view the Application Management savings estimator.

Jamie Epstein is a TMCnet Web Editor. Previously she interned at News 12 Long Island as a reporter's assistant. After working as an administrative assistant for a year, she joined TMC (News - Alert) as a Web editor for TMCnet. Jamie grew up on the North Shore of Long Island and holds a bachelor's degree in mass communication with a concentration in broadcasting from Five Towns College. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Tammy Wolf

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