Emerson Network Power Partners with Cradlepoint to Bring Flexible, Proven 4G/LTE Connectivity to Critical Infrastructure

Avocent® ACS6000 serial console server products will utilize Cradlepoint routers for wireless out-of-band access of IT infrastructure

Columbus, Ohio [March 16, 2016] – Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson (NYSE: EMR) and the world’s leading provider of critical infrastructure for information and communications technology systems, today announced a strategic partnership with Cradlepoint, the global leader in software-defined 4G LTE network solutions for enterprises, to provide 4G/LTE cellular solutions for wireless out-of-band access in conjunction with the Avocent® ACS6000 Advanced Console Server product line. The joint product solution is currently available in North America and Europe with limited availability in other regions. 

The Avocent ACS6000 serial console server product line is an industry leader for secure out-of-band (OOB) access  to IT infrastructure equipment, such as network switches, servers, storage and power distribution units (PDU’s), providing remote troubleshooting and management even when IP networks are down or have not even been provisioned. With product configurations to support connecting 4, 8, 16, 32 and 48 devices per appliance, the Avocent ACS6000 will primarily focus this partnered solution on the distributed and edge computing market segments.  Key Cradlepoint feature offerings include GPS; dual-SIMs; Power-over-Ethernet; and most importantly, investment protection through software-defined radios, which may be reconfigured to meet future business needs.

“Enterprises around the world are quickly learning the power of LTE connectivity to support some of the most data-intensive environments. Whether it’s in retail, public safety, transportation, healthcare or education, Cradlepoint’s approach to software-defined 4G LTE makes it easy for these businesses to complement, augment and extend their existing primary networks and address ever-increasing demands for always-on connectivity,” said Ed Walton, vice president of North American channels and alliances for Cradlepoint. “We’re pleased to be working with Emerson Network Power, as this new partnership will help bring advanced LTE network capabilities to even more businesses.”

“Bringing together Emerson Network Power and Cradlepoint, combines the  world leader in critical infrastructure with the proven  experts in 4G/LTE routers”, says Jay Wirts, vice president and general manager of core products for Emerson Network Power. “Given the breadth of our existing product offering of critical infrastructure appliances and thermal solutions and our massive number of deployed solutions, adding Cradlepoint to our solution creates something really powerful and unmatched in the industry and gives our customers the best technology to meet their needs. We have the world’s largest installed base of console server ports, residing in the most data intensive environments around the world. That’s an immense customer base that can now take advantage of adding cellular as a method for their out-of-band access.”  

​Traditionally, serial console servers connected out-of-band by using classic analog modem technology, which faces continuing challenges of increasing costs to install new analog lines and reliability concerns of aging existing wiring. Wireless 4G/LTE connectivity can now be used as a cost-effective, reliable method for remotely troubleshooting problem networks, provisioning new sites, or performing remote management tasks. Key to this success is the ability to provide antenna placement flexibility in order to achieve the best signal quality and also easily support multiple carriers in the field to adapt to the needs of the users. Cradlepoint brings these winning features and more to the proven security, reliability and functionality of the Avocent ACS6000 series console server. 

To learn more about the Avocent ACS6000 product line or for information on other hardware and software solutions from Emerson Network Power, please visit www.EmersonNetworkPower.com.

About Emerson Network Power
Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson (NYSE:EMR), is the world’s leading provider of critical infrastructure technologies and life cycle services for information and communications technology systems. With an expansive portfolio of intelligent, rapidly deployable hardware and software solutions for power, thermal and infrastructure management, Emerson Network Power enables efficient, highly-available networks. Learn more at www.EmersonNetworkPower.com.

About Emerson
Emerson (NYSE: EMR), based in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions for customers in industrial, commercial, and consumer markets around the world.  The company is comprised of five business segments: Process Management, Industrial Automation, Network Power, Climate Technologies, and Commercial & Residential Solutions.  Sales in fiscal 2015 were $22.3 billion.  For more information, visit Emerson.com.

About Cradlepoint
Cradlepoint is the global leader in software-defined 4G LTE network solutions. Enterprise adoption of cloud, mobile and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies is driving the need for always-on connectivity for people, places and things anywhere. Cradlepoint’s cloud-based platform combines software-defined networking and radio technologies with virtualized services to deliver 4G LTE and overlay networks that are secure end-to-end, agile to deploy and ultra-reliable. Over 15,000 enterprise, SMB and government customers around the world rely on Cradlepoint to keep their critical sites, remote workforces, vehicles, assets and machines always connected and protected. Founded in 2006, Cradlepoint is a privately held company headquartered in Boise, Idaho, with offices in Silicon Valley, Canada and the UK. Learn more at Cradlepoint.com or follow us on Twitter @cradlepoint.

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