Lantronix Launches New 32- and 48-Port Secure Console Servers With Enhanced Security to Remotely Manage Servers and Networking Equipment

12/19/2002 - Lantronix(R), Inc. (Nasdaq: LTRX) announced two new secure console servers as part of the company's ActiveLinx(TM) family of console management solutions. The SCS3205 and SCS4805 are respectively 32- and 48-port secure console servers that come in a 1U (one unit) form factor to maximize rack space, and save time and IT resources by minimizing downtime with faster, easier access to network equipment. The new products come equipped with serial ports through which users can remotely monitor and manage servers, networks and telecommunications equipment.

"With Lantronix secure console servers, our customers realize a significant return on investment with the reduction of person-hours and travel costs associated with fixing system problems, especially remote ones, as well as dramatically higher uptime," said Geoffrey Boyce, executive vice president of marketing at Lantronix. "In addition, we designed our products with the highest levels of security, and greater ease of installation and configuration to reduce general overhead costs."

The new products were specifically designed to address the need for enhanced security for IT equipment. Both products use Secure Shell (SSH) Version 2 to enable secure communications and configuration through the console port of a device or piece of IT equipment. Since multiple administrators can simultaneously access systems that are attached to the secure console servers, user authentication is provided through a local database, LDAP (Lightweight Directory Access Protocol) and NIS (Network Information System) standards to control access to sensitive equipment and offer added security.

To speed the installation process, the new products provide a front-panel keypad and setup wizard to more easily configure the product's feature set. Using the keypad and accompanying LCD display, the basic setup for both products -- even for less-experienced users -- typically takes less than five minutes. Also, the configuration process can be performed using a secure Web-based interface from anywhere in the world at anytime of day.

"Lantronix console servers can help cut IT operational costs through decreasing travel time and expenses to fix faulty equipment at remote locations and generally reducing the mean time to resolve network problems," said Boyce. "The console servers give systems administrators and network professionals the opportunity to maintain as close to 100-percent uptime of their networks as possible through the products' instant notification feature that immediately alerts users of problems."

Each port on the Lantronix secure console servers can be independently configured to buffer console messages from attached equipment, then alert an administrator of potential problems by e-mail. (Note: Administrators to be contacted by page using Lantronix' ConsoleWorks console management software.) Administrators can review the stored console messages to correct a problem, even when the attached equipment is no longer working. If collaboration among administrators is required to fix a problem, the secure console servers enable multiple administrators to simultaneously access a single piece of equipment.

Another important feature in the entire ActiveLinx line of secure console servers is that they are "break" safe. Being "break" safe means that power cycling the console server will not cause attached equipment to see a "break" signal on the console port, which can cause some systems to shut down or switch to monitor mode. "Unintentional breaks can cause interruption of service and, in some cases, loss of data," said Boyce. "Our ActiveLinx secure console servers safeguard against this type of problem."

Both the ActiveLinx SCS3205 and SCS4805 are currently available, with a suggested retail price of $2,695 and $3,895 respectively. They join the SCS1620 and SCS820 as members of the ActiveLinx family of secure console servers.

About Lantronix, Inc.
Lantronix, Inc. (Nasdaq: LTRX) is a provider of hardware and software solutions ranging from systems that allow users to remotely manage network infrastructure equipment to technologies that network-enable devices and appliances. Lantronix was established in 1989, and its worldwide headquarters are in Irvine, Calif. For more information, visit the company on the Internet at

Lantronix is a registered trademark of Lantronix, Inc. ActiveLinx is a trademark of Lantronix, Inc.

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