New Version of CommandCenter Secure Gateway Targets Centralized, Secure Access, and Control of IT Equipment

New virtual appliance includes all management features in CommandCenter Secure Gateway 5.0.

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Raritan has released a virtual version of its CommandCenter Secure Gateway (CC-SG) appliance that provides centralized, secure access to IT equipment to help data centers remotely diagnose and resolve IT equipment issues quickly and reduce server management costs.

Leveraging VMware technology, the new virtual management solution delivers all the functionalities of CommandCenter Secure Gateway's hardware-based appliances that enable IT administrators to manage entire IT infrastructures using a single Web-browser interface. The comprehensive solution serves as a centralized gateway for managing both virtual and physical servers, embedded service processors, serial devices (such as routers, firewalls, and Ethernet switches) and power management devices.

For IT groups that are moving or have moved to a virtual environment, deploying virtual appliances instead of dedicated rack-mount solutions brings added convenience and lower costs. In many cases, server space is available, meaning that additional hardware, cabling, and network setup is not needed. Furthermore, because there is no hardware, the Virtual CC-SG solution includes a lower starting price. Administrators can also leverage the flexibility of virtual solutions; physical deployment, failover options. and other choices allow for a more customized implementation. Further costs are saved by using virtual failover features instead of buying two dedicated hardware appliances and related licensing.

The fluidity of moving applications among virtualized servers has added extra management complexity -- requiring data centers to assess how best to access servers as well as handle security and authorization. In many cases, managing a virtual server may require several management tools. To deliver accurate, real-time IT infrastructure views, CC-SG monitors the migration of data between virtual and physical machines.

Virtual CommandCenter Secure Gateway (Virtual CC-SG) is available now. Virtual CC-SG runs on VMware vSphere version 4.0. Basic license configuration for Virtual CC-SG starts at 128 nodes, and add-on licenses are available. A free evaluation version is available at