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For cost-effective console server management and reliable remote access to remote data center equipment, choose a Black Box Advanced Console Server.
This platform provides secure serial console port control in a single box, whether you need 24/7 in-band or out-of-band access to your vital network-attached and serially attached devices in the data center. Plus, it's priced to fit the budget of most enterprises and educational, healthcare, and government institutions.
Equipped with a built-in GSM modem as well as dual 10/100 Ethernet ports, it gives you multiple access paths, plus a redundant AC power supply for power backup and maximum uptime. It also features 16 GB of USB flash memory for local FTP/TFTP storage, which you can use for disaster recovery and storing device configurations and logs off-line (such as for syslog and Wireshark packet analysis). Quickly store local copies of your router and switch configurations and backup configurations, and roll back to an earlier configuration if necessary.
The GSM modem accepts a SIM card that links it to an account with a mobile carrier, just like a mobile phone, enabling the console server to communicate over the mobile network. To use the GMS modem, you need to get a data plan and a SIM card from your telco provider.
The Advanced Console Server includes IPSec High Availability VPN gateway software, which enables you to set up console connections within a secure IPSec VPN network. If there's a network outage, the Advanced Console Server will automatically reconnect the VPN using a modem link or broadband failover route.
This means you can set up "round-the-clock" access to vital data center systems - without sacrificing security, flexibility, and interoperability with your current server environment. Use it as a gateway to remotely access servers, virtual servers, service processors, and similar network IT equipment. You can also monitor and control routers, switches, firewalls, PBX systems, and many other network infrastructure devices.
And because you can use the console server to manage ports on PDUs and UPSs and, in the process, cut power consumption and reduce utility bills, it's a great addition to any IT department or company wanting to initiate "clean tech" energy conservation. It's a great way to unify power and IT resources while controlling your data centers and networks from anywhere in the world!
The console server comes with Network UPS tools for UPS monitoring. It supports complex power architectures typical of many modern data centers and NOCs where you find a mix of UPSs from various manufacturers. Through this interface, you can not only more easily manage and monitor UPS hardware connected to your expensive devices, you can also ensure a safe shutdown of systems.
For efficient data transport, the console server features secure serial bridging, encapsulating incoming raw serial data into IP packets and sending them over a network to a remote location, where it's then represented as serial data. This bridging is useful if you need to connect to legacy serial devices running proprietary protocols and you want to do this over the Internet instead of an older, dedicated telecom channel.
Plus the Advanced Console Server uses the Linux OS platform, so there's no dealing with proprietary protocol issues when you want to customize it to your specific needs. You can not only use the open-source platform to reach ports on servers and Cisco routers, but you can also use its preloaded Nagios network monitoring application to centrally manage servers and other resources distributed across an application.