LAS VEGAS, NV--(Marketwire - Jul 14, 2011) - Today at Cisco Live, Cisco's annual IT and communications conference, Opengear (, provider of next generation console server and remote management solutions, announced it will offer a 50% discount to qualified Cisco training centers around the world for the Opengear IM4200, CM4000 and ACM5000.

"IT labs and training facilities leverage Opengear open source console servers and smart cellular routers to bring secure hands-on experiences to remote students," said Todd Rychecky, vice president of sales and marketing, Opengear North America. "For the Cisco training community, this means Opengear can be a trusted partner, as Opengear is both a Cisco channel partner and the Opengear ACM5000 is registered in the Cisco Developer Network."

Opengear offers benefits to network training laboratories as do many other data center and edge computing environments. Opengear offers:

  • remote access to students from anywhere in the world for online teaching or public network laboratories.
  • separation of management and operating LANs.
  • an open platform and free CDK for advanced networking projects.
  • a range of units to suit any sized install, including small form-factor units suitable for portable network racks.
  • access to units that can be integrated with existing user authentication services (such as institute or university RADIUS services).

Training and network labs around the world that already use Opengear include:

"There is no substitute for learning about IT on real equipment. Opengear allows our remote students to log into our actual lab equipment using SSH and PuTTY to undertake training and tests," said Grant Wigley, director of University of South Australia, Cisco Networking Academy. "Opengear also gives the students in our labs the ability to see the effect of their commands on the various devices in their network and allows groups of students to see what each other is doing on those devices."

About Opengear
Opengear ( develops enterprise-grade remote infrastructure management solutions. It designs and manufactures next generation console servers for secure remote access and control of routers, switches, servers, firewalls, uninterruptible power supplies, power distribution units and environmental monitoring devices. Opengear's open source platforms give network managers and system integrators the most flexible, extensible and secure remote management solution on the market today.