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Raritan Reinvents the Serial Console Server for IT and Network Administrators

Posted on August 18, 2015

—Dominion SX II’s new hardware and software design delivers a more responsive and easy-to-use serial console server for managing equipment from anywhere –

SOMERSET, N.J.—(August 18, 2015) — Raritan, a leading provider of data center management and rack power distribution solutions, today introduced the Dominion® SX II – the next-generation IP-based serial console server for remote access and control of servers, routers, switches, and other equipment with serial ports.  With a faster connection to IT devices from anywhere, the SX II helps administrators resolve incidents and problems even faster.

“By managing equipment from wherever IT experts are located, whether at the rack or miles away, companies can dramatically reduce IT support costs, staff travel time , and improve business uptime,” says Richard Dominach, Director of Product Management at Raritan.  “Our SX II has a new powerful hardware platform providing better performance and new productivity features to manage IT environments, where security, high availability, and costs are top concerns.”

The Dominion SX II builds on the success of its predecessor – the Dominion SX, one of the most widely deployed serial console servers. SX is used daily by IT and network administrators to manage more than a half-million serial devices, including networking switches, routers, and firewalls; servers; power distribution units (PDUs); and, telecommunications gear.

Because the Dominion SX II controls IT devices through their serial ports, IT specialists can use the secure console server to monitor and manage any connected device, even when the network is down.  Should a device hang, administrators can cycle the power on individual devices using the SX II and Raritan’s PX intelligent rack PDUs

SX II: Performance, Reliability, Security, Manageability and Productivity

All thirteen SX II models come with dual-power supplies (AC or DC), dual gigabit LAN connections with automatic failover, multiple methods of at-the-rack access, and optional internal modem.  Here are some of the Dominion SX II highlights: 

More powerful hardware platform in a 1U rack-mountable appliance.  A 1GHz CPU engine, an eight-fold increase in RAM, and up to 8 GB of flash storage.
Supports up to 10 sessions per port, up to 200 total serial sessions. Port configuration is 15 to 23 times faster, with an order of magnitude improvements in simultaneous connections, connection speed, and serial processing.
Full CLI access and auto-configuration for fast installation and configuration changes.  The SX II offers complete CLI access and management via SSH, Telnet and web-browser, with convenient direct port access methods.  Also automatic installation & configuration via USB stick or TFTP server.
Autosensing DTE/DCE ports.  For fast installations, the SX II supports straight Cat5 connections to Cisco (and other compatible RJ-45 devices), without rollover cables.
Government- and Military-grade security features.  SX II supports 256-bit AES and FIPS 140-2 certified encryption, LDAP and Active Directory authentication, and IPv6 networking.
Provides multiple forms of local at-the-rack access: Traditional RJ45 serial port, Mini-USB port for laptop connection, and a DVI- and USB-based KVM console for connection to a rack mount keyboard tray, or even a KVM switch.
3G/4G cellular modem support; optional connection to an external modem for emergency access.

For enterprise-wide views and access to all IT equipment, Dominion SX II serial console servers – as well as Raritan’s KVM-over-IP (keyboard. video, mouse) switches – can be aggregated onto a single command-and-control network with Raritan’s centralized server management solution CommandCenter®. 

SX II Availability
The Dominion SX II – which comes in 4-, 8-, 16-, 32- and 48-port models—are available worldwide in early September through Raritan’s extensive reseller channel and distributors.  The SX II is easy-to-deploy, allowing you to set up access and manage IT equipment quickly. 

For more information on the Dominion SX II, visit www.raritan.com/sxii.

About Raritan
Raritan is a proven innovator of energy and infrastructure management solutions for data centers of all sizes.  In more than 50,000 locations worldwide, Raritan’s award-winning hardware and software solutions – including intelligent rack PDUs, environment sensors, transfer switches, KVM switches, and serial console servers – provide IT and facility directors, managers, and administrators with the control they need to increase power management efficiency, improve data center productivity, and enhance operations.  Based in Somerset, N.J., Raritan has offices worldwide serving customers in 76 countries.  Visit us at Raritan.com or follow us on the Raritan blog.

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