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Console servers ship with open-source UPS tools

Oct 29, 2008 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive

[Updated: Oct. 31, 2008] — Opengear is shipping several open-source uninterruptible power supply (UPS) monitoring tools in its uClinux-based remote access equipment. Opengear is offering its console servers (pictured) with preintegrated tools from Eaton Corp., derived from the open-source… Network UPS Tools (NUT) project, says Opengear.

Opengear announced that it was integrating tools from the NUT project back in June. The project was sponsored by MGE Office Protection Systems, a division of MGE UPS Systems that was last year sold to Eaton, a $13 billion “diversified power management company.”

Integrated with Opengear's existing power management features in console servers such as the CM4000 console servers (pictured at the top of this story), the NUT tools offer a single web-based interface for multiple devices that are connected either via serial or USB connections. The tools are said to help remote access managers ensure safe shutdowns of systems in case of power problems.

Opengear now claims that its KCS6000, IM4200, IMG4000, and CM4100 console servers are the first in the industry to ship with integrated NUT tools. The tools include UPSD, UPSMON, UPS drivers, and UPSC, says the company. The supporting LIBGD and LIBUSB libraries are said to be embedded in Opengear's console servers.

Opengear was founded three years ago by uClinux pioneer Bob Waldie, with the aim of using open-source software to reduce the cost of remote access and network center management equipment. Its IM4200 gateways and CM4000 console servers are said to offer secure, remote, in-band access based on VNC and RDP tunneled through SSL, an approach that Opengear says is easier and more affordable than enterprise-wide VPN gateways.

Opengear's devices are said to offer out-of-band management, enabling remote users to reboot crashed servers without involving hosting provider staff. Earlier this year, the company announced the integration of the Nagios open-source network and device monitoring software in its remote access equipment.

Stated Waldie, “Working together with Eaton, the NUT project will roll in a new era of flexible, secure and integrated power management solutions for office networks, branch offices and datacenters alike.”

Availability

Opengear's KCS6000, IM4200, IMG4000, and CM4100 console servers are now available with NUT integration, says the company. More information about Opengear's NUT integration should be available here.


 
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