Avocent Corporation (Nasdaq: AVCT), has today announced that Sheffield Hallam University is to upgrade its data centre hardware management capabilities by deploying Avocent DSView 3 management software.

The software will extend the disaster recovery capabilities of the university's 200 server strong data centre and 20 additional servers housed at the university's disaster recovery site.

"The University is keen to keep its systems as up to date and as reliable as possible. This is why we invested in a disaster recovery site in the summer of 2004," explains Paul Baker, CIS computer maintenance and network engineering team leader with Sheffield Hallam University. "Security issues are important to us, which is precisely why we are keen to build on the functionality already in place and implement the DSView 3 management software to boost the university's data centre security and disaster recovery capabilities as far as possible."

The latest version of Avocent DSView software utilises hub and spoke architecture to provide multiple KVM over IP fail-over points, enabling authentication to any server on the system in the event of the primary server failing. This ensures that the control of and access to the university's servers and serial devices is never compromised.

Additional security features include customisable encryption, exit macros to automatically log off a user when a session is closed, alerts, event notification, task scheduling, and audit logs - all of which will help to ensure that Baker and his team can react quickly to issues and mitigate downtime.

Avocent value added reseller, Micro Partners Limited, which implemented the university's disaster recovery site in 2004, will provide technical support to Baker and his team throughout the upgrade process.

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