Avocent Integrates SMASH into Embedded Virtual Presence Infrastructure

9/13/2005 - Avocent Corporation (NASDAQ: AVCT) announced it will integrate the Distributed Management Task Force’s (DMTF) new standard Systems Management Architecture for Server Hardware (SMASH) Server Management (SM) Command Line Protocol (CLP) into its embedded Virtual Presence Infrastructure (eVPI) product line. This enables administrators to use a consistent command line interface to server monitoring and management tasks in heterogeneous server environments. Prototype demonstrations of SMASH support will be available at the Enterprise Management World event in the Avocent and Dell booths.

With Avocent planning support in products such as its eVPI1000 remote management card, the IT process for managing disparate servers will become more streamlined and simplified, enabling administrators to realize a lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) in server environments. Avocent’s eVPI1000 extends existing management domains by allowing access to various Boot and system consoles over the LAN, including KVM over IP and Virtual Media. Further details on other Avocent products to integrate SMASH SM CLP support will be made available soon.

The DMTF released the new SMASH SM CLP standard June 7, 2005 to address the lack of command line consistency to management and monitoring information in heterogeneous server environments. The SM CLP addresses an end user demand for a universal command line syntax, allowing systems offered by different vendors to be managed in similar ways. Adding SM CLP-based consistency to eVPI products will strengthen Avocent’s existing embedded products that already include complete firmware and software building blocks for lights out manageability.

Industry Support
“We’re pleased to see Avocent’s demonstration of standards-based embedded management solutions - like the DMTF’s SMASH SM CLP – at EMW,” said Winston Bumpus, President, DMTF. “Customers will realize increased efficiencies, reduced costs and fewer training requirements as a result of using the SM CLP with IPMI-based systems.”

"Vendors integrating standards into their server management products can help provide cost control and simpler manageability advantages," commented John Humphreys, Analyst, IDC. "With hardware costs versus management costs having finally tipped to where most spending is on maintaining systems, standards can aid in manageability costs by simplifying manageability processes, especially in multi-vendor environments."

“IT customers need a common command line to manage server hardware from a variety of vendors. Avocent is moving forward on its plan to adopt the DMTF’s SMASH SM CLP within our firmware and software products to help unify data center and large enterprise management, thereby reducing TCO,” said Mark Lee, senior vice president, embedded business, Avocent Corp. “Avocent has a long history of building industry standards around manageability. Industry-standards compliance and enabling customer access to leading systems management solutions are key aspects of our drive for a scalable, standardized systems in the data center.”

About Avocent Embedded Virtual Presence Infrastructure (eVPI)
eVPI is an embedded software and hardware management platform that helps customers reduce costs by fusing IPMI and KVM together with other Out-of-Band (OOB) embedded management technologies and standards. eVPI supports the Dambrackas Video CompressionTM (DVC) algorithm, KVM over IP, ASMI, Virtual Media, IPMI 2.0, and SMASH. Avocent provides eVPI modular building blocks and platform management solutions to the server, blade, telecom, networking, storage and desktop/notebook marketplaces worldwide. eVPI silicon, firmware, drivers, utilities and packaged solutions are already shipping in millions of servers.

About Avocent Corporation
Avocent Corporation is the leading supplier of connectivity solutions for enterprise data centers, service providers and financial institutions worldwide. Branded products include switching, extension, Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI), remote access and video display solutions.

Avocent, the Avocent logo, The Power of Being There, and Dambrackas Video Compression are trademarks or registered trademarks of Avocent Corporation.

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