IP Console Switches offer Virtual Media and CAC support.
December 2, 2009 -
Combined with IP Console Viewer software, IP Console Switch G2 enables remote access to multiple servers running various OSs to facilitate management of heterogeneous data centers. Virtual Media support lets removable drive or ISO image be remotely mapped to attached server in data center or remote office for software installations and upgrades. Also, support is provided for reading/transmitting USB CCID Generic Smart Card/CAC (Common Access Card) data from user station to end server.
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|Original Press release |
P.O. Box 692000, 20555 State Highway 249
Houston, TX, 77269-2000
HP Announces Next Generation HP IP Console Switches G2 with Virtual Media
Houston - HP's IP Console Switch G2 - with Virtual Media and Common Access Card (CAC) support - is a key component in managing the heterogeneous data center. Combined with the IP Console Viewer software, the IP switch enables remote access to multiple servers running various operating systems. Virtual Media capability allows a removable drive or ISO image to be remotely mapped to an attached server in the data center or a remote office for software installations and upgrades. An intuitive Local Console User Interface provides menus for configuration, virtual media, display, and even security and upgrades from the local console that is the same as the On Board Web Interface (OBWI) used for remote management. The term CAC stands for Common Access Card, also known as "Smart Cards". The CAC allows government agencies and other companies to implement two-factor authentication to increase security of their data centers. The HP IP Console Switch G2 with Virtual Media appliance adds support for reading and transmitting USB CCID Generic Smart Card/CAC data from user station (local or remote) to end server.
In cascaded environments the HP IP Console Switch G2 with Virtual Media & CAC can allow an administrator to manage up to 1024 servers across two tiers from a single local console. When tiered with additional HP Server Console Switches with Virtual Media application installations and upgrades can be pushed through to any server on any of the two tiers locally or remotely.
Additional features include:
Smart Card / Common Access Card (CAC) support
True serial access using SSH or Telnet compliant clients
DVD media format support
Video resolution supporting up to 1600 x 1200 on both the local port as well as remote consoles
Widescreen video support modes
8 and 32 port switches for wider range of rack density support
Dual-stack IPv6 with stateless auto configuration
Support for DVD-ROM data over virtual media
Dual power supplies for fail-over redundancy
Dual GigE NICs for fail-over redundancy
Supports USB KB and Mouse for local console
Sold through Authorized Dealers, the HP IP Console Switches G2 with Virtual Media are available now with U.S. Internet prices ranging from US$1,499 to US$6,499 depending on port configuration. Canadian List prices range from CD$1,994 to CD$8,643.
Additional information is available at the Hewlett Packard Web site at http://www.hp.com/go/infrastructure