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What is Raritan’s CommandCenter Secure Gateway?

Posted on October 30, 2017 by Gento  |  Comment (1)

For many, server management is something of a double-edged sword. As technology evolves and your infrastructure expands, management tends to get more difficult. As an industry leader with 30 years of innovation, Raritan has developed several products to help customers manage their IT infrastructure.  CommandCenter Secure Gateway is one such system designed to offer power, performance, customization, and innovation in one convenient package.

Server Management Your Way, Every Way

Raritan's CommandCenter Secure Gateway (also referred to as CC-SG) was built from the top down with versatility and ease of use. It's a single solution that is easy to deploy thanks to plug-and-play compatibility that guarantees that IT administrators, lab managers and everyone in between have the tools they need for true centralized server management across hundreds or thousands of systems.

CC-SG brings together multiple remote access technologies, including out-of-band access via Dominion KVM-over-IP switches and serial console servers, PX PDUs, service processors and in-band software access tools into a unified, secure single point of remote access and control. It offers highly secure, single sign-on to a single IP address for the comprehensive management of ALL of Raritan's serial and KVM-over-IP solutions, along with virtual machines and VMware infrastructure including ESX/ESXi server and vCenter environments.

The CC-SG also offers native compatibility with in-band methods like RDP, SSH, and VNC.

The CC-SG is already relied upon by customers all over the world from small to medium server rooms to large enterprises with multiple data centers. Wherever there is a need for secure and consolidated remote access and control, the CC-SG will be there to answer the call.

A Solution Designed With You in Mind

The CommandCenter Secure Gateway is available as both a hardware and virtual appliance in a number of distinct variations that you can choose from depending on your needs. These include options like:

  • The CC-E1 Hardware Appliance. Offers a capable 2U form factor with dual power supplies.
  • The CC-V1 Hardware Appliance. Available in a smaller 1U form factor with a single power supply.
  • The VMware Virtual Appliance.  Proudly running in VMware environments.
  • The Hyper-V Virtual Appliance. Built for infrastructures running Windows Server 2008 and 2012.
  • The XEN Virtual Appliance. Offering compatibility with XenServer 6.x that you can depend on.

Additional Benefits

Raritan's CommandCenter Secure Gateway was designed to provide centralized, role-based user access policy management when you need it the most. User access is incredibly flexible, you can pick between the HTML Access Client interface, the Administration Client, the Mobile KVM Client for smartphone or tablet PC access or even Java-free KVM access with the HTML and Active KVM Clients.

Another running theme with this impressive feature set can be summed up in a single word: visibility. Simple and intuitive "node view" lets users easily identify and access any target system or device through all of the aforementioned interfaces, while incredibly comprehensive reporting capabilities on everything from usage to auditing to assets and nodes make sure that users have the complete picture at all times.

Thanks in large part to its low-security profile and Linux-based appliance architecture, the CommandCenter Secure Gateway also offers powerful and robust security which is mission-critical in the modern society. It's available in both 128-bit and 256-bit AES encryption for end-to-end node access activity through all AES-enabled Dominion devices, for example. It offers other advanced features like a proxy mode for secure access to devices through firewalls and virtual private networks.

All of this comes together to provide a powerful, hardened and secure access platform that delivers true, uncompromising peace of mind to IT managers who need reliable, secure access to vital corporate resources. To learn more visit the CC-SG web page.
 



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What Are the Top Concerns for Data Center Managers?

Posted on May 22, 2018 by Gento  |  Comments (4)

Top Four Concerns for Data Center Managers
Preparedness is often the first step for resolving potential challenges and devising solutions. As such, in order to properly prepare for the future of data centers, it is important to first understand the top concerns for data center managers.

1. Climate Change. -- In a recent 2018 study, more than 50 percent of participating organizations were concerned about the potential for climate change disruptions to existing data centers. Throughout the globe, organizations need to take into consideration the potentially negative impacts of rising temperatures, growing floodplains, and an increase in violent storms. All three types of climate change coincide with the increase in region-wide disasters. In order to prepare for this potential challenge, data centers need to include disaster and emergency planning efforts into the broader business continuity plans for the entire organization.

2. Data Center Infrastructure Security Threats. -- Due to the nature of the sensitive business and personal information that they hold, data centers need to remain vigilant for potential infrastructure security threats. Recent studies show that these attacks are more frequently being conducted on an IP-basis. As such, organizations need to effectively control how machines are connected to their data centers. Through private networks, a limited number of access points, and stringent monitoring systems, data centers can remain prepared to effectively combat infrastructure security threats.

3. Emerging Edge Computing Capacity. -- Edge computing is set to be one of the emerging technologies that disrupt the data center sector. This type of technology is a direct response for the need to process data closer to where it is generated, consumed, integrated, and computed. As with any emerging data center technology, the concern for many managers lies in security and data sovereignty. However, as organizations require access to data at the "edge," these solutions will continue to be implemented for a variety of purposes. From "store and forward," to data consolidation and backup, self-contained micro-modular data centers will play a key role in deploying a viable solution for edge computing.

4. DCIM Strategies. -- Data center complexity is on the rise. As a response to this increased complexity, the requirements for control, management, and visibility from DCIM software has also grown. Fortunately, DCIM products have recently matured to now offer rich, scalable, and stable management solutions to increase the forecasting, agility, and efficiencies of data centers. While it is still an under-deployed technology, it is expected that as it continues to mature, so too will it become a more widely adopted solution. The challenge for data center managers will be creating and implementing the operational changes needed to support DCIM software.

The Bottom Line: Be Prepared for Upcoming Challenges
Climate change, data center infrastructure security threats, edge computing, and DCIM strategies are all concerning areas for data center managers. As these emerging technologies continue to be adopted, data centers will need to take a proactive approach. Through a state of preparedness, data centers can more readily adopt the technologies needed to meet the growing needs of organizations. Finally, with the right knowledge and preparation, data centers can continue to grow and evolve as they adopt new technologies, address the concerns of data center managers, and meet the evolving needs of organizations.

Find out how Raritan can help solve your power data center concerns. Visit our website here


Why Easy to Use PDUs will Help Your Data Center

Posted on May 17, 2018 by Gento  |  Comments (4)

With the rapid expansion of data centers creating highly complex IT infrastructures, it’s becoming more important than ever to find ways to increase the efficiency of day-to day operations.  One of the most practical ways to achieve improved efficiency is through devices that are easy to use and easy to deploy.


Cost Savings with Micro Data Centers

Posted on May 4, 2018 by Gento  |  Comments (2)

Major changes in data centers operations have historically involved the location of data processing. At one time, this function was moved off-site to mainframes, but the advent of microcomputers, now known as desktops or PCs, brought data processing back to the customer’s own data center. Cloud servers and collocated data centers resulted in data processing being performed off-site once again.

Today, some organizations are using micro data centers to process data on their own premises. This solution can provide performance improvements that justify the initial expense of a data center and has the potential to gain wide acceptance in the near future.


5 Reasons to Prioritize Rack-Level Management Now

Posted on April 25, 2018 by Gento  |  Comments (17)

If you’re an IT leader, you’ve probably made significant investments in data center management over the past few years. That’s because the success of the organization you serve depends heavily on the technical and economic performance of your data center. So the more digital your organization becomes, the smarter you have to be about how you manage your data center infrastructure.

Chances are, though, that you’ve focused on aggregate management of your data center as a whole. That’s good – but it will only get you so far. To fully optimize the value your business derives from its data center capex and opex, you must aggressively pursue operational excellence at the rack level.


What is an intelligent PDU?

Posted on April 25, 2018 by Gento  |  Comments (16)

An Intelligent Power Distribution Unit (iPDU) is a networked power distribution unit that increases the efficiencies of data centers with real-time remote power monitoring, environmental monitoring, and data center infrastructure integration. Intelligent rack PDUs deliver technologies which enables a smarter IT infrastructure so you can stay ahead of problems before they occur. They help achieve the ultimate goal of any data center manager, maintaining uptime while reducing cost.


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