Raritan Expands Remote Portfolio with First-of-its-Kind Centralized Management Appliance

Responsive, seamless, enterprise management from anywhere of multi-platform, multi-site IT equipment

SOMERSET, NJ (March 8, 2004) -- Delivering on its roadmap to provide the most comprehensive and intuitive solutions to remotely view, access and manage information technology (IT) equipment in companies’ data centers, branch offices and other locations, Raritan Computer Inc. today introduced CommandCenter™ 2.0, a global centralized management appliance.

CommandCenter enables global companies to remotely and securely manage thousands of multi-platform servers and IT devices in their enterprise through an easy-to-use Web interface. It provides an aggregated, single view of all KVM (keyboard/video/mouse) and serially controlled IT equipment connected to Raritan’s Dominion Series, Paragon® II and IP-Reach™ products. CommandCenter can integrate hundreds of switches to act as a single logical network, accessed by a single IP address, enabling IT organizations to view and manage their company’s IT assets from a single appliance. With CommandCenter, IT staffs for the first time have customized views of IT infrastructure equipment. For example, they can view all equipment in a specific data center or branch office, or all equipment supporting specific business applications, such as supply-chain or customer relationship management. This is extremely valuable when needing to quickly locate and repair equipment problems that affect mission-critical operations. A system administrator using CommandCenter’s intuitive and powerful GUI-based management interface can troubleshoot a server as if they were at the rack, and, even, recycle the power to reboot a problem server.

“Raritan’s offerings pick up where enterprise-management frameworks for trouble-reporting leave off. If there’s a problem, Raritan’s products enable IT departments to cost effectively and quickly locate and fix the equipment from any location in the world,” said Lloyd Cohen, director of Worldwide Market Analysis at IDC, a computer market research and consulting firm based in Framingham, MA. “With the addition of the Dominion KX and CommandCenter, companies have new extended management capabilities. Complete views and access to the IT infrastructure that supports specific business applications is a major development and will become increasingly important as utility computing grows.”

Companies can easily deploy any combination of Raritan’s compatible, plug-and-play digital and analog solutions in order to meet their specific infrastructure and scalability needs.

“Raritan clearly leads the field in terms of IT equipment management technology,” said Sev Onyshkevych, vice president of marketing and product management at Raritan Computer. “Raritan provides data center managers and system administrators with the broadest, most flexible and secure in-band and out-of-band options for managing their data center and remote office equipment. Our strategy is to continue delivering solutions that have the features and security needed to manage the increasing complexity of enterprise IT.”

CommandCenter Centralized Management Appliance

As an “appliance,” CommandCenter is a completely self-contained system with all features, including authentication and Web-access, built into the box. CommandCenter offers users the flexibility to customize views of thousands of servers and devices as simple groups, such as by location, operating system, application or even individual users. It also enables global configuration of Dominion appliances and system-wide firmware updates.

In addition, CommandCenter's unique management capability centralizes the administration of security policies, including access rights and permissions. In centralized global, distributed enterprise with many system administrators managing thousands of servers connected to multiple KVM switches -- sometime hundreds of KVMs -- CommandCenter can seamlessly set authorization permissions in one step, eliminating the time-consuming task of individually logging onto each KVM switch.

Designed as a high-availability, enterprise-class appliance, CommandCenter features dual-network interfaces, dual-power supplies, authentication failover, and comprehensive back-up/restore capabilities. It also can integrate with existing external authentication systems for easy deployment and speedier troubleshooting and administration.

Pricing and Availability

CommandCenter 2.0 will be available worldwide through Raritan’s extensive reseller and distribution channels.

The basic CommandCenter includes user licenses enabling up to five simultaneous users to access and manage all connected devices. Additional user licenses can be added. CommandCenter starts at $5,995 in the U.S.

About Raritan Computer

Raritan Computer Inc. is a leading supplier of IT infrastructure management solutions for secure access, monitoring, and management of servers and other IT devices in data centers and remote offices. Raritan’s products are used to control and manage millions of servers at more than 50,000 data centers, computer test labs, and other sites around the world. From the small business to the enterprise, Raritan’s complete line of compatible and scalable digital and analog KVM, serial console, and remote connectivity products offers IT professionals the most reliable, flexible, and secure solutions to manage IT equipment, while improving operational productivity. Raritan, which was founded in 1985, has experienced 19 consecutive years of profitable growth and technical innovation. More information on the company is available at http://www.raritan.com.