Thursday, May 29, 2008
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
We have the ability to access and control the KVM of a server remotely from anywhere in the world. It looks like companies will need to have KVM access and control even on other planets. I was wondering what NASA would do if the probes computer OS crashes? Our KVM can even access a down computer. Do they have a remote KVM way of going to the Bios of the probe to repair it? What if the Probe OS freezes? Can they cut the power to power it down and then add power to restart it? If they don’t they should talk to us about our PowerOnCable solution that can do that via RS-232.
Does NASA have a management system to control a few probes from one central IP address or does the IT department have to remember and re-enter all the passwords and usernames all the time? Minicom Advanced Systems just created a management system called KVM.net II that can access all servers, serial and network devices via a single IP address from anywhere in the solar system, including targets like video cameras and environmental monitoring devices. We even have IP gateways such as the PX IP Gateway that is ideal for non-blocking 1-to-1 remote access directly to mission critical devices, such as the probe. The PX includes virtual media, power control and absolute mouse synchronization. With our Customized Access Services NASA can create their own customized service using any application, URL, IP address or login method they want. I was thinking that with all of this technology we have become an advanced species to some far off planet. We have become the UFO’s.
Doesn’t that feel good?
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
They list five areas where there are potential cost savings:
1. Consume Intelligently
2. Consolidate Your Systems
3. Manage Storage Resources More Efficiently
4. Invest in a Greener Infrastructure
5. Consolidate Your Data Center Footprint
Well worthwhile reading the whole thing though.
Monday, May 26, 2008
I really like this picture which I found on their website:
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Have you see the Data Center Knowledge blog? It's an excellent resource for those wanting to be kept up to date about Data Centers.
They've been around for three years and have been providing daily news and analysis about the data center industry ever since. Well worthwhile checking out.
Monday, May 19, 2008
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Interesting post on the storage blog where its reported that planting vegetation on a roof makes it significantly cooler.
Great idea but I can't see IT managers standing out there with a watering can.
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
This cost-effective solution can save half the price of competing systems because one buys only what one needs. KVM.net II and the IP Control, for centralized management and IP enablement respectively, are the only devices of their kind to offer legacy support of existing KVM infrastructure. Instead of spending thousands of dollars replacing server control systems you don't have, you can have the control and management you want, while at the same time keeping the bean-counters happy.
Monday, May 12, 2008
Wednesday, May 07, 2008
This new SmartRack series comes with flexibility and adaptability in mind. Available
as a stand alone unit, or integrated with either a 116 or 116 IP, the new modular design allows for customers to buy what they need at the time and upgrade as their needs do.
The great thing about the SmartRack KVM switches is that they are compatible with all major operating systems and can control any server’s brand and model, regardless of the server condition and network connectivity, covering the entire spectrum of crash scenarios. Use the KVM switch to control up to 16 servers in multiple platforms (PS/2, USB). Minicom’s innovative ROC technology has each computer/ server directly connected to the switch via a ROC using standard CAT5 cable at a distance of up to 30m/100ft in a star configuration.
It is a a single rail solution that occupies just 1U of rack space.
The SmartRack 116 IP extends your KVM (keyboard, video, and mouse) from any computer or server over TCP/IP via LAN, WAN or Internet connection. Now you can control, monitor and manage up to 16 remote servers from wherever you are, inside or outside the organization. It's a cost-effective hardware solution, for secure remote KVM access & control of 16 computers/servers from the BIOS level - independent of the OS. One local analog or one remote digital IP user can access and control 16 multi-platforms (PS/2, USB) servers at a time.
Tuesday, May 06, 2008
Each company had time to speak. In our slot, Minicom gave its Real Needs™ presentation. The focus of this is the ability to upgrade control of your mission critical devices while preserving your investment. Each company also had a booth.
Here are some photos from the day: