Secure Serial Console Servers (also known as “Serial-over-IP” switches) support serial devices – those controlled through text-based, serial console interfaces. A serial console server allows one user at a serial console or terminal to access, control and manage multiple serial devices.
A wide range of devices fall under the “serial” category. These include networking switches and routers, firewalls, load balancers, Network Attached Storage (NAS) servers, telecom equipment such as DSU/CSUs and PBXs and “headless” servers, like most Sun servers and others running Linux and variations of UNIX.
As integral parts of a network infrastructure, serial devices are usually installed early in the deployment of a new data center. By including serial console servers in this early stage, system administrators can remotely configure new routers and switches as they are added. If the serial console server has modem access, the admin can accomplish this even before WAN or Internet connectivity is in place.
Raritan serial console servers provide encrypted, secure serial VT100 access to devices through an SSH (Secure Shell) client or a Web browser. Our serial console servers support the widest range of browsers in the industry.