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Raritan launches Next-Gene Data Center Management Solution

Raritan announced the immediate availability of eRIC(R) G4 - its next-generation KVM-over-IP PCI card for managing servers remotely. The new card - targeted at system integrators, ISPs and multi-site enterprises - provides improved remote server management capabilities and a host of new features, including virtual media support, server health monitoring and remote power control.

Designed to streamline the cost of managing data centers and to improve service uptime, eRIC G4 provides browser-based, BIOS-level access and control to any server, as well as access to any attached media. From anywhere there is an Internet connection, IT administrators can perform a variety of remote management tasks on servers equipped with eRIC G4 -- such as setting server passwords, renaming servers, installing an operating system, restarting servers and changing IP addresses.

With the eRIC G4's virtual media support, administrators can now access a server's floppy, CD-ROM, DVD and hard drive[0] to exchange files without having to travel to the server. The card also enables collaborative troubleshooting; up to 15 users can view and access a target server at the same time.

By leveraging the advanced communications technologies of Raritan's award- winning KIRA(TM)100 system on a chip, eRIC G4 delivers excellent video performance -- at a rate of almost double frame per second. eRIC G4 supports standard remote access protocols -- including DMTF's SMASH and Microsoft's WS- MAN -- and IPMI 2.0 for server health monitoring. For early notification of potential problems, IPMI monitors the vital signs of a server, including temperature and fan speed.

"Our next-generation eRIC card will help customers minimize server downtime and increase IT productivity by enabling them to perform key tasks remotely, such as control servers, monitor system health and restart devices," said Christian Paetz, Senior Director, Product Management at Raritan. "With today's announcement, Raritan has taken one more step towards our vision of a fully automated and centralized IT management infrastructure to simplify the work of IT organizations and to streamline costs."

About eRIC PCI Cards

Servers with eRIC G4 can be accessed in all situations. Since the card provides BIOS-level access, servers are accessible even if a server's operating system is not working or the network interface card has failed. (One of the shortcomings of remote access software solutions in the marketplace today is that the operating system has to be running.) And if an Internet connection is unavailable, the eRIC G4 provides an integrated modem for emergency dial-up access. To protect servers from unauthorized access, eRIC G4 provides the following security features: 256-bit keyboard, video and mouse encryption; built-in authentication; compatibility with third-party AAA servers; support of SSL certificate management; logging of all events; and certification. eRIC G4 requires no client software on remote servers and is self powered.

Raritan's Embedded Business Unit

Raritan introduced the industry's first system-independent KVM-over-IP PCI card in 2000. Raritan's embedded solutions today include PCI cards, industry- standard daughter cards and the industry's first KVM-over-IP single-chip solution -- the KIRA100. Raritan's technologies are built on open standards for consistency across all hardware platforms and easy integration into new or heterogeneous environments. Raritan's relationships with leading server OEMs, motherboard manufacturers, system builders and other hardware suppliers help maintain a leadership position in innovative embedded system management technologies. For more information, please visit

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