Home » Blog » ZPE Systems Unveils NodeGrid Serial Console—96 Port Density, Open Architecture, Intel CPU-based, Fastest Serial Console Server On The Market

SAN JOSE, CA, March 10, 2015 – ZPE Systems® today unveiled NodeGrid Serial Console™. This new generation of serial console switch is the highest density device in the industry and helps data centers improve productivity, multi-user access and reduce their infrastructure costs with the latest technologies. Open modular hardware design, fast CPU speed and more memory combined with the latest 64-bit Linux OS enable lightning response times. A modern Yocto/Ubuntu software development kit and support for Docker Containers simplify additional feature expansion. Designed by industry veterans, patent-pending NodeGrid Serial Console is available in eight 1U configurations—96, 48, 32 and 16 port models with dual or single power supply.

NodeGrid Serial Console enables fast, simultaneous in- and out-of-band access and control of network, storage, power and server devices – including Open Compute Hardware Management – to maximize enterprise computing uptime.

“With over 100 years of combined experience in the console server business, our team has the experience and knowledge to deliver world class products. NodeGrid Serial Console was designed to complement our industry defining NodeGrid Manager platform,” said CEO and co-founder Arnaldo Zimmermann. “Key customers asked us to build a fast, high capacity, easily customized console server and that’s just what we did.”

NodeGrid Serial Console is the only offering in the market today with a 96 port density for serial console. As rack densities increase, NodeGrid Serial Console is an excellent choice for providing flexibility in designing and configuring the rack.

“The ability to do Serial Console on an Intel Platform with Docker support is a tremendous benefit for customers adopting virtualization. Compiling Intel based tool sets on an open platform with the SSD sizing to run VMs, now allows Data Center Operators to extend the use cases of the serial to a variety of use cases,” said Olav Philips, Sr. DevOps Engineer at Liquid Robotics Inc.

Brief NodeGrid Serial Console Features

  • Secure in-band and out-of-band access to serial devices via web, CLI and direct Linux shell
  • 96, 48, 32 or 16 serial port models with dual/single AC power supply
  • Dual core 1.75 GHz Intel Atom CPU; 4GB RAM
    36GB SSD storage for data logging and custom code
    Dual Gigabit Ethernet ports, 1 HDMI port, 1 console port, 2 USB 2.0 ports
  • 64-bit Linux Kernel 3.14 with Yocto/Ubuntu SDK for Software Innovation
  • Docker optimized for quick, flexible script and application integration
  • HTML5 remote console access for mobile, tablet, desktop – no more Java dependencies
  • Vendor-neutral power management: Cyclades/Avocent, Raritan, ServerTech, Emerson, APC

Additional Resources

  • www.zpesystems.com
  • www.twitter.com/zpesystems
  • www.linkedin.com/company/zpe-systems

About ZPE Systems, Inc.

ZPE Systems is the data center industry’s first provider of Software Defined Infrastructure to manage physical and virtual IT devices. The company’s NodeGrid platform simplifies access and control of compute, network, storage and power infrastructures. NodeGrid Manager provides vendor-neutral OOB management of IT devices. NodeGrid Serial Console enables OOB access & control of serial devices. NodeGrid [CI] protects converged infrastructure. NodeGrid Flex and NodeGrid Bold control devices at the edge of the network. NodeGrid USB provides a high-density USB type C mobility development cycle environment. NodeGrid Service Processor secures IPMI management ports and IoT devices.

ZPE provides smart, consolidated IT management solutions that reduce downtime and CAPEX/OPEX. The company is headquartered in Fremont, California with resellers in Japan, UK, Germany, Netherlands, Brazil and India. ZPE Systems, the ZPE logo and NodeGrid are registered trademarks or trademarks of ZPE Systems. Other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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