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IPMI (Intelligent Platform Management Interface) is a hardware-level interface specification that defines a common, abstract message-based interface to platform monitoring and control functions.

Providing peace of mind to customers, a plug-in module implements IPMI 2.0 technology to provide remote access, monitoring and administration for Viglen server platforms. With this solution, server administrators can view a server’s hardware status remotely, receive an alarm automatically if a failure occurs, and power cycle a system that is non-responsive.

How does it work?

IPMI defines the protocols used for interfacing with an embedded service processor. This service processor — also known as Baseboard Management Controller (BMC) — resides on a server motherboard or in the chassis of a blade server or telecom platform. The BMC links to a main processor and other onboard elements via a simple serial bus.

What does it do?

Our management module monitors onboard instrumentation such as temperature sensors, power status, voltages and fan speed, and provides remote power control capabilities to reboot and/or reset the server. It also includes remote access to the BIOS configuration and operating system console information via SOL (Serial over LAN) or embedded KVM capabilities. Because the controller is a separate processor, the monitoring and control functions work regardless of CPU operation or system power-on status.

Key Features
  • Event Log
  • OS Independent
  • LAN Alert-SNMP Trap
  • Serial Over LAN (SOL)
  • Remote Power Control
  • IPMI with KVM Over LAN
  • Hardware Health Monitor
  • Support RMCP & RMCP + Protocols
  • Management Tools – IPMIView, CLI (Command Line Interface)
  • VSC 2.0 supports Video Solutions up to 1600 x 1200 @ 60Hz
  • Virtual Media Over LAN (Virtual USB Floppy/CD and Drive Redirection)
Additional Features

Our solution, the IPMI 2.0 specification, supports Serial over LAN to redirect serial console functionality into IPMI over IP. Administrators can then gain full remote access to text-based system information and control for BIOS, utilities, operating systems and applications. IPMI 2.0 also offers major security enhancements. In summary, our solution includes the following key features.

  • Embedded microprocessor providing optional out-of-band KVM capabilities, extending the use of a single keyboard/monitor/mouse to the entire network.
  • Enhanced authentication support that provides stronger processes for establishing secure remote sessions and authenticating users.

For HPC solutions and further information, please use the following contact details.

Tel: 01727 201860   Fax: 01727 201888   Email: hpc@viglen.co.uk