Avocent (NASDAQ/NM: AVCT) today announced it will offer Linux administrators new Linux enhancements in two of its key products: CCM Console Manager and the latest version of Avocent's DSView 3 management software.

CCM Serial Console Managers

Now integrated with IPMI and Serial over LAN functionality, the CCM Console Manager offers the highest port density in the industry. Not only does this meet the serial intensive demands of Linux administrators, it also enables them to gain maximum value per port by providing an additional 16 "virtual" ports at no charge. Virtual ports offer all the key benefits of CCM physical ports: share mode, offline buffering, NFS, encryption, authentication, enterprise traps and multi-level security. This is available on 8,16 and 48-port products.

Virtual serial connections allow administrators cable-free serial access to and control of IPMI enabled servers, in which Baseboard Management Controllers (BMC) re-direct Linux, UNIX and Windows EMS data to the CCM appliance.

DSView 3 Management Software

In addition to managing Linux servers, the new DSView 3 management software will now allow users to install and run the DSView server on the Linux operating system, providing secure and centralised access and control of KVM, serial, IPMI and external power devices. The functionality allows existing administrators to manage and proactively maintain systems.

Virtual media capabilities allow users to copy files to and from remote systems to install applications, update drivers, perform diagnostic testing and install new operating systems.

In addition, Linux administrators can also authenticate against RADIUS, TACACS+, LDAP, AD and NT Domain. Using DSView 3, users can also add, delete and launch video sessions to third party embedded remote access devices such as IBM ASM RSAII, Dell DRAC 4, HP iLO and NEC IPF, allowing consolidated access and management of multi-vendor environments

DSView 3 software is the IT industrys first fully redundant, replicating solution, and has virtual media capability. It provides network administrators secure browser-based control of servers, serial devices, DSUs and IPMI servers attached to any Avocent DS Series appliance.

"Avocent continues to guide the future of the industry in the direction of virtualisation and remote management and control," said Philippe DArgent, VP EMEA Sales from Avocent. "We expect other vendors to follow our direction in continuing to develop a simpler, more flexible way to virtually support and manage data centres."

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