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Raritan's Remote Management System on a Chip Gains Momentum

Raritan has demonstrated the KIRA100 - the industry's first KVM (Keyboard, Video, Mouse) switch on a chip solution for remote server access and control - at the last Intel Developers Forum.

Helping to accelerate server repair and increase productivity, the KIRA100 enables IT staff to control servers at the BIOS level and attached media from anywhere over the Internet, as well as monitor system health and restart devices.

The chip also has a dedicated video controller for faster and higher-quality video resolutions, which is ideal when managing many servers remotely. For Tier-One server and OEM partners, the ASIC-based chip helps save board space and reduces system costs.

In addition to its excellent KVM-over-IP redirection, the KIRA100 provides virtual media support that covers a broad range of mass storage emulation variations -- including virtual-floppy emulation, CD/DVD-drive emulation and, even, direct mass-storage redirection.

It also offers advanced features to prevent downtime, such as health management consisting of IPMI2.0-based server hardware monitoring.

The KIRA100 supports all key access protocol methods in the marketplace, including IPMI (Intelligent Platform Management Interface), SSH (Secure Shell), WS-Management (Web Services Based Management Protocol) and SMASH-CLP (Systems Management Architecture for Server Hardware-Command Line Protocol).

KIRA100 is designed to be integrated into server motherboards as a fully featured Baseboard Management Controller (BMC) with KVM-over-IP and Virtual Media functionality.

Alternatively, KIRA100-based add-in modules are available to equip servers with KVM-over-IP and Virtual Media support. For this type of application, Intel has defined the Advanced System Management Interface (ASMI). Raritan also will be showing at IDF an ASMI-compliant management module based on the KIRA100.

The KIRA100 BMC is a fully integrated system-on-a-chip microprocessor, which incorporates all the necessary function blocks and interfaces to provide a complete and cost-effective remote management solution that fits all server management architectures.

The KIRA100 is based on a 32-bit, high-performance, lower-power 920T ARM Architecture V4 RISC microprocessor. It is equipped with a media co-processor to accelerate video processing, and a comprehensive set of system and peripheral functions that are useful in a variety of remote management applications.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.