-- New CommandCenter Secure Gateway release provides unparalleled performance, scalability and flexibility in managing IT resources - ranging from blade and virtualized servers to power management devices --
SOMERSET, N.J. (February 9, 2009) - Raritan today introduced a flexible "neighborhood" configuration and other features to its CommandCenter® Secure Gateway (CC-SG) for managing IT equipment in data centers and branch offices. With the new neighborhood feature, multiple CC-SG units and the IT equipment connected to them can be managed through one portal. This enables quick access and control across multiple local and/or remote data centers and to all types of IT equipment.
CC-SG manages virtualized servers, physical servers, blade systems, networking equipment, and intelligent power management devices, such as Raritan's Dominion® PX PDU that gathers detailed, outlet-level metering information on servers plugged into its power strip.
The new CC-SG Release 4.1 software enables the creation of neighborhoods consisting of up to 10 CC-SG units working together, so that multiple data centers can be managed from one portal. The neighborhood configuration also improves access performance by distributing IT access among CC-SG units. Device and node access can be distributed across CC-SG units within a data center, regionally or organizationally.
CC-SG eliminates time-consuming multiple logins and the need to open multiple interfaces in order to reach IT equipment. From the CC-SG portal, users can easily choose the type of remote access most useful to them for the task at hand -- including in-band and out-of-band KVM, Serial, embedded or in-band software applications.
Unlike other solutions in the market, CC-SG does not require complex database replication schemes that consume network overhead unnecessarily. There also is no single point of failure. Neighborhoods do not require a ‘super-unit,' ‘hub,' or other single point of system management, therefore a local failure will not impact the entire neighborhood.
The flexible neighborhood architecture enables CC-SG units to be deployed to best match an organization's IT infrastructure needs. For example, administrators can assign specific servers, device types or business units to a single CC-SG, or allocate multiple CC-SG units across departments, data centers or regions. Multi-national organizations, companies with a large number of remote offices, or those that simply desire the enhanced flexibility to structure their IT access solution based on a large number of variables will benefit.
"IT staffs are under pressure to be more responsive to changing business needs and increase uptime and security; and at the same time reduce costs," said Peter Suriani, Director of Product Management at Raritan. "We've engineered the CommandCenter Secure Gateway family of management solutions to meet these challenges. Through a single browser-based screen, CC-SG provides unified visibility and a single point of secure access and control to all types of IT equipment -- at the application, operating system and BIOS levels."
Another key enhancement in CC-SG 4.1 is support for blade server access, when used with Raritan's Dominion® KX-II KVM-over-IP solution. Access to blade solutions from Dell, IBM and HP is supported. CC-SG provides multiple views of blade servers, including a device view that shows blade servers organized by chassis. Custom views enable customers to view and organize blade servers by a variety of dimensions, such as site, rack, application or organization.
CommandCenter Secure Gateway 4.1 is available worldwide through Raritan's distribution channels. The Linux®-based appliance is available in two models: CC-SG E1 -- 2U form factor and dual power supplies; CC-SG V1 -- 1U form factor and single power supply. CC-SG is self-contained and comes with all key features, including authentication and Web-access, built into the appliance. Visit http://www.raritan.com/centralized-management/ for more information.
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Editors: A diagram of a CC-SG Neighborhood is available at http://www.raritan.com/images/CC-SG-Configuration-Diagram.jpg