Server Technology, Minicom pair on data center remote power management

June 9, 2009
June 9, 2009 -- Server Technology announced the integration of its Sentry Cabinet PDU Switched product family with Minicom's AccessIT remote access management software.

June 9, 2009 -- Server Technology, a provider of power distribution unit (PDU) and power monitoring and management platforms, announced the integration of its Sentry Cabinet PDU Switched product family with Minicom's AccessIT remote access management software. With the platform integration, access to the Server Technology Sentry PDU remote reboot features are now made directly through the AccessIT interface, without requiring a separate login and password. As such, IT administrators, gain centralized access to servers via KVM and remote access services, as well as the power controls of the PDU, through one intuitive interface.

According to the companies, also as a result of the integration, if a user is accessing a server through AccessIT and a reboot is required, a simple click on the power icon next to the server name performs the function. No longer does an administrator require multiple spreadsheet, IP addresses, passwords and user names to do their jobs; all access is managed from a single point, increasing efficiency and reducing downtime, maintain the companies.

"The integration of the AccessIT management platform and Server Technology's PDU Switched product family greatly expands power management accessibility within the evolving data center environment," comments Brandon Ewing, president of Server Technology. "Power access, management and control within the data center are critical."

Server Technology's Sentry Switched PDUs provide per outlet control for On, Off and Reboot functions of the devices within the data center cabinet. Grouping of outlets across A and B power in-feeds via a single IP address allows users to reboot specific devices or groups of devices to minimize the effect of locked up or unresponsive equipment. Other features include email and SNMP alerts, local and remote input current monitoring, secure IP and serial access, LDAP/LDAPS, Syslog, Telnet, Radius, TACACS+ and environmental monitoring.

The Minicom AccessIT software consolidates all in/out-of-band services, thus providing highly secure, Web-based, on-demand remote access at all times. Its open architecture supports the seamless integration of third party serial, power, and KVM switches and devices. Other supported access services include VMware, RDP, VNC, SSH, Telnet, HP iLO, Web access and custom applications. Minicom says the AccessIT platform is a part of the company's 'Real Needs' approach of re-purposing installed analog KVM systems by simply adding a layer of KVM IP devices.

"The increasingly heterogeneous nature of corporate server rooms and data centers requires cross-platform support," says Rami Sasson, VP sales at Minicom. "The expanded capability of AccessIT addresses this trend, making it even more flexible and compelling for IT managers to deploy. The integrated functionality of Access IT that includes remote power control of PDUs from Server Technology not only delivers tremendous versatility that has a direct impact on IT efficiency, but can reduce hardware management costs by as much as 75 percent when compared to alternative KVM over IP solutions."

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