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Raritan’s New CommandCenter Secure Gateway Management Software Simplifies Management of Data Center IT and Power Equipment

Posted on February 23, 2010

—New Virtual Appliance version introduced for product evaluations; New software adds support for service processor managers, PDUs, Web Service APIs and Windows 7 clients—

SOMERSET, N.J. (February 23, 2010)—Raritan today introduced a new version of CommandCenter® Secure Gateway (CC-SG) software to help data center administrators manage IT equipment—including Raritan and third-party power distribution units (PDUs)—from a single resource management portal. 

Best known for simplifying the management of heterogeneous IT environments through a unified portal, CC-SG enables administrators to access, diagnose and control all types of IT equipment—at the application, operating system and BIOS levels—securely and conveniently through a browser-based screen.  The new release of CC-SG, which is available starting today, provides service processor manager support and tighter integration with Raritan’s Power IQ™ power and energy management software. 

Through the integration with Power IQ, CC-SG enables administrators to control the power of nodes that are connected to Raritan Dominion® PX intelligent rack PDUs and third-party PDUs being managed by Power IQ – without leaving the CC-SG client.  Ethernet-enabled rack PDUs from APC, Avocent, Cyber Switching, Geist, HP, MRV and Server Technology are supported.  Also unveiled today is an evaluation copy of CC-SG that can be installed on a virtualized server or PC.  Customers who would like to try CC-SG before buying Raritan’s appliance solution can download the evaluation software at Raritan’s support site http://www.raritan.com/support/commandcenter-secure-gateway/ and from the Virtual Appliance Marketplace at http://www.vmware.com/appliances/directory/414653.  The CC-SG evaluation version provides full functionality and supports access of up to 10 nodes and interfaces.

“CommandCenter Secure Gateway Release 4.3 helps administrators address key data center tasks—from diagnosing and resolving IT problems quickly, to upgrading software on servers, to handling power control needs,” said Peter Suriani, Director of Product Management at Raritan. “CommandCenter Secure Gateway provides easy and secure access to IT equipment for better responsiveness to changing business needs, increased uptime and reduced administration costs.”

Other new features in CC-SG Release 4.3 include a KVM client based on Microsoft’s .NET technology – designed to meet the needs of customers that prefer a complete Windows architecture – and Windows 7 support.

About CommandCenter Secure Gateway

From a single screen, users can view all IT assets, organize them in logical views of their choosing, and launch the best remote access and management tool for the job, including third-party tools.  Accessed by logging onto a single IP address, CC-SG eliminates time-consuming multiple logins and the need to open multiple interfaces in order to reach a specific server or group of servers.  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. 

CC-SG’s “neighborhood” architecture supports the access and control needs of today’s enterprise—enabling quick access and control across multiple local and/or remote data centers and to all types of IT equipment.  Unlike other solutions in the market, CC-SG does not require complex database replication schemes that consume network overhead unnecessarily.  It improves performance—and eliminates single point of failure by distributing device and node access across CC-SG units within a data center, regionally or organizationally.  CC-SG units can also be combined with a primary/backup implementation for redundancy. 

CC-SG manages virtualized servers, physical servers, blade systems, networking equipment, rack PDUs, Raritan’s Dominion KVM-over-IP switches and console servers,  and equipment with embedded server management technologies, such as DRAC5 and iLO. 

CommandCenter Secure Gateway 4.3 is available worldwide through Raritan’s distribution channels.  For more information, visit http://www.raritan.com/centralized-server-management/.

About Raritan (Raritan.com)

Raritan is a proven innovator of power management, infrastructure management, KVM and serial solutions for data centers of all sizes.  In more than 50,000 locations worldwide, Raritan’s award-winning hardware and software solutions—including intelligent PDUs, energy management software, KVM-over-IP and Serial-over-IP access products—provide IT and facility directors, managers and administrators with the control they need to increase power management efficiency, improve data center productivity and enhance branch office operations. Based in Somerset, N.J., Raritan has offices worldwide serving 76 countries.  For more information, visit Raritan.com.

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