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ZPE Systems launches smartphone-size cloud gateway for IoT, OT, & IoMD applications

ZPE Systems | October 21, 2022 | Read time : 04:12 min

ZPE Systems
ZPE Systems announces the Mini SR, a smartphone-size, cloud-orchestrated gateway that solves the operational challenges of running security and connectivity at the network edge.

Organizations must solve evolving business needs by deploying applications and devices at locations including branch offices, third-party manufacturing sites, powerplants, emergency response locations, and urgent care facilities. Even with cloud SaaS-based applications, organizations still require equipment, and they typically outsource to MSPs and MSSPs who can manage the SLA and operational challenges presented by this physical stack. These providers need a simple platform to host third party applications, enable remote operation, and ensure security. The Mini SR solves this problem.

Roughly the size of an iPhone, this cloud-managed, out-of-band gateway collapses multiple boxes. The Mini SR delivers wired and wireless connectivity, hosts third-party security apps and critical tools, and provides centralized cloud orchestration. Its fanless, ruggedized design can be tucked away and extends management capabilities via physical Gigabit Ethernet and USB interfaces, offering remote access via ZPE Cloud™.

The Mini SR is ideal for MSPs/MSSPs and for following use cases:
  1. Out-of-band edge rack management with environmental sensor support
  2. SASE/SSE on-ramp for Netskope, Palo Alto Networks’ Prisma Access, and Zscaler connectors
  3. Secure IoT/OT gateway with simple cloud orchestration
  4. Secure work-from-anywhere gateway (home, car, temp office)
  5. Police/emergency response (in-vehicle edge compute router)
  6. SCADA industrial OT/IoT zero-trust, pico segmentation gateway
  7. Medical and industrial device cloaking to prevent detection and exploitation during hacker reconnaissance scans
  8. SaaS applications requiring a box to host agents for vulnerability scanning, experience monitoring, and critical DDI (DHCP/DNS/IPAM) services

The Mini SR was designed after collaborating with industry tech giants, who during the pandemic needed a secure resilience solution for their sprawling IoT and OT infrastructures. This compact gateway connects, controls, and isolates critical assets via out-of-band (OOB) management. This secure path uses the Mini SR’s Wi-Fi, LTE, or Ethernet connections to establish a tunnel or connect to zero trust destinations, keeping management traffic separate & secure.

“The Mini SR is perfect for managing remote manufacturing equipment, SCADA systems, medical imaging devices, and even oil & gas equipment sensors. It lets my IT team get inside their distributed systems without having to physically be on site.”

Joe Quenneville, CEO of security service provider CyberGRC

Matt Robinson, CTO of Rahi, says, “The Mini SR makes life easy for MSPs and VARs managing remote branch offices or industrial locations. It gives actionable observability into the environment for quick troubleshooting and recovery without requiring an on-site resource. The Mini SR's out-of-band and hosted tools let teams remotely rebuild entire stacks of infrastructure, making efficient use of smart hands resources. We anticipate savings ranging from $600 to $4,000 on each smart ticket incident.”

Koroush Saraf, ZPE Systems’ VP of Marketing and Product Management, explains: “Anyone considering Raspberry Pi or Intel NUC needs the Mini SR instead. Many IT use cases and SaaS services require a physical device on premises to act as the hosting platform or cloud gateway, and this device needs to be regularly updated with the latest patches. The entire Nodegrid SR fleet, including the Mini SR, can be upgraded and orchestrated from ZPE Cloud just like iPhone users receive updates from the App Store. The Mini SR connects to ZPE Cloud via out-of-band to keep its OS and guest applications up to date.”

The Mini SR uses the Intel® x86 CPU and is preloaded with Nodegrid OS™, which combines secure cloud out-of-band management and an open platform with the ability to run your preferred VMs, Docker containers, and LXC applications. The device also accommodates Nodegrid’s environmental sensors and feeds data to Nodegrid Data Lake™ for analytics. These integrations increase uptime by giving visibility into infrastructure heat, moisture, dust, device tampering, user experience, and hidden machine log data. On top of this the SR family incorporates encrypted disk and secure boot to prevent tamper and supply chain risks are detected and thwarted. Organizations can now cut downtime by 50% or more, predictably configure and scale sites in hours, and keep edge users connected without interruption.

About ZPE Systems
ZPE Systems’ Nodegrid frees enterprises from today’s networking challenges.
Nodegrid’s Intel-based serial consoles & modular services routers serve as foundational automation infrastructure for data center, colocation, & branch deployments. The Linux-based Nodegrid OS provides choice and an open ecosystem model for organizations looking to address vendor lock-in with point-based solutions. With ZPE Cloud for centralized zero touch provisioning, this platform streamlines networking using virtualization, prevents downtime using automation, and offers convenience via remote management.

The most recognizable brands trust Nodegrid as their advanced out-of-band management and automation infrastructure, on-ramp to Secure Service Edge (SSE), and open ecosystem SD-Branch gateway.

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The proliferation of IoT devices has opened up new vulnerabilities for the enterprise network. Attempts at securing these headless devices have been met with complex configurations that impact security. Nile's secure and VLAN-less approach ensures that all headless devices commonly associated with IoT devices are securely and easily onboarded such that security is there from the moment the IoT device tries to join the network.


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As we become more connected and break down the walls between the digital and physical world, we need to work together to make those connections meaningful. Matter and our membership are tackling this challenge head-on, With collaboration, inclusiveness, and a deep sense of responsibility to the market and consumers, Matter has the power to create a more connected, safe, and useful Smart Home." Tobin Richardson, President and CEO of the Connectivity Standards Alliance CCS Insight, a leading European-based analyst firm, notes that purchase intent for smart devices is on the rise, with 35 percent of households in key European markets intending to purchase smart home products in the next 12 months. Additionally, in recent research by Parks Associates, a US-based firm, interoperability is top-of-mind with consumers, where 73 percent of US households that own or are planning to buy a smart home device say interoperability amongst products is important when choosing which smart home device to buy.* As part of the Matter launch event in Amsterdam, over 100 media and analysts representing 15 countries learned about the latest certified Matter devices, and heard from member leaders on key topics including energy management, security, and empowering Matter developers. Those attending in person were able to see live Matter product demonstrations from 20 companies**. A similar event will be held in China. Members including Silicon Labs, Schneider Electric, Tuya Smart, and Amazon spoke individually about their perspectives on Matter as they relate to their position in the IoT ecosystem. "The promise of Matter is the accelerated proliferation of connected things by bringing simplicity and interoperability to consumers who can now mix and match products from different ecosystems with greater ease and reliability. And the foundation of Matter's interoperability begins at the silicon level," said Matt Johnson, CEO of Silicon Labs. "Silicon Labs is proud to have contributed our breadth of protocol support, depth of wireless expertise, and focus on the IoT to Matter's development." "As a global specialist in energy management and automation, we believe open standards, technology and interoperability of connected products are essential in bringing energy to all, making our homes more sustainable, and energy efficient," said YiFu Qi, Executive Vice President, Home & Distribution Division, Schneider Electric. "We are innovating to bring Matter-ready technology to help homeowners globally achieve net zero homes, by making it easier to utilize the full power of sustainable home energy management systems." "Tuya Smart is committed to breaking down barriers between different smart product brands and categories and creating a more open and neutral IoT ecosystem for the global intelligence market," said Alex Yang, Co-Founder and COO of Tuya Smart. "As a Board member of the Alliance, Tuya participated in Matter's early development, application, and promotion. We also believe that with our extensive and growing partnerships in the IoT industry, the era of connecting everything in a smart way will come soon." 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