Raritan's Paragon II KVM Switch Improves Blade Server Management in Data Centers

SOMERSET, N.J., May 15 -- Raritan today announced support for IBM BladeCenter® servers in its next release of Paragon® II, the market-leading Cat5 KVM switch. This release provides many features that optimize collaborative troubleshooting that thereby increase data center efficiency and productivity.

With support for IBM BladeCenter, Paragon II 4.2 users can now manage the industry's most widely deployed blade server. Ideal for IT teams and other users that need secure access from a user station (monitor, keyboard, and mouse) to multiple blades and other data center equipment, Paragon II provides anytime, non-blocked access, high video resolution and a rich suite of management features.

Release 4.2 also delivers two new productivity features that leverage Paragon II's stellar video resolution (1920 x 1440) - which is rated the best* in the industry and essential in environments requiring hours of intense screen viewing.

With "Video Redirect," Paragon II can redirect a server's video output to any user station within a multi-switch Paragon II system. With "Multiple Video" - also known as "Port Following Switch" - up to four user stations can simultaneously view the video output of a server with multiple video ports. Customers also can use Multiple Video to direct the video of multiple servers to a set of user stations. Both new video features provide flexibility ideal for real-time execution of applications in work environments - ranging from network operation centers to broadcast control rooms.

The new Paragon II KVM switch also supports Cortron® keyboards - which are the leading choice for many military, mobile and outdoor applications in relatively harsh environments. Additionally, Paragon II 4.2 now supports the Kensington® Expert Mouse and Turbo Mouse Trackball, which are popular with Macintosh® users.

"Paragon II Release 4.2 delivers important features requested by customers in the government, broadcast and IT management sectors," said Derek Finch, Product Manager at Raritan. "However, all technology users that need secure KVM access to IT resources will benefit by a boost in efficiency of overall operations, administration and maintenance. Our solution is designed to deliver the industry's best video quality, manageability, response and security - no matter if you're controlling a handful of servers or thousands."

About Paragon II

Paragon is the industry's first Cat5 KVM switch. Today, Raritan's next- generation Paragon II is used to manage thousands of data centers by providing secure, real-time, non-blocked, BIOS-level access to servers. Designed to perform intensive multiple-user-to-many-server keyboard/video/mouse (KVM) matrix switching, Paragon II provides up to 64 simultaneous users secure, non- blocked access for controlling and managing IT equipment - even if the network goes down. Paragon's flexible and scalable modular architecture supports the cascading and stacking of Paragon II switches, so that thousands of servers can be managed from one user station. A rich suite of management features includes: logging and audit trails, system-wide reset from a user station, and a single, consolidated view of all Paragon-connected devices.

KVM-over-IP access can be added with the optional Paragon II user station (UST-IP). Multiple Paragon II switches can be managed by Raritan's CommandCenter® Secure Gateway, which provides a unique one-screen view of all IT equipment and one-click BIOS-level access to target devices. Paragon II is available in 32-, 42- and 64-port models. Pricing starts at $3,995 (U.S. List). To learn more about Paragon II, please visit http://www.Raritan.com/Cat5-KVM.

About Raritan (Raritan.com)

Raritan, based in Somerset, N.J., is a leading provider of management solutions that simplify IT operations. Based on KVM (Keyboard, Video, Mouse) switches, serial console servers, management software, power management and remote connectivity, our secure solutions drive data center and branch office efficiency and productivity in more than 50,000 locations around the world. Raritan also serves the OEM market by developing advanced, hardware-based, remote-management components based on KVM-over-IP and IPMI technologies. Founded in 1985, Raritan today has 38 offices worldwide, and its products are distributed in 76 countries. For more information, please visit Raritan.com.

* The Tolly Group conducted a test of the Paragon II Cat5 KVM switch and Enhanced User Station (P2-EUST) against Avocent's AMX 5020 KVM switch and AMX5130 User Station, which showed that Raritan delivered overall better video quality at the longest cable length at high resolution - 1920 x 1440 up to 1,000ft at a refresh rate of 60Hz.

Source: Raritan

CONTACT: Susana Thompson of The Harbor Group for Raritan, 978-526-1601, sthompson@theHarborGroup.com

Web site: http://raritan.com/

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