Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) has purchased a range of IT management appliances and software from Avocent Corporation to enable remote access, monitoring and control of network devices across 44 regional locations.
At the core of the implementation is Avocent’s DSView 3 Management Software, which will allow the ABC to control network appliances from one single location. DSView 3 software provides a unique hub and spoke architecture that maximises system uptime and provides redundancy with backup/failover capabilities.
DSView 3 Management Software will be teamed with Avocent’s DSR1030 KVM over IP switches to provide BIOS-level control of all connected servers and serial-based devices on the ABC’s network. The switches also enable remote power cycling of connected devices, with external modem support for use in the event of a network failure.
The DSR1030 switch features an on-board Web interface, viewed via an on-board TFT display compatible with Internet Explorer, Mozilla, Firefox, or Netscape that will allow the ABC to access and control servers over IP.
The combination of DSView 3 management software and DSR1030 KVM over IP switches provides the benefit of Virtual Media, allowing software to be remotely loaded for file transfers, application and OS patches, and diagnostic testing.
According to Avocent, with 44 regional locations, this is the sort of application that it’s centralised IT infrastructure management solutions are designed to address as to have trained and experienced technicians on the ground at each of those locations would prove prohibitively expensive, so centralised remote management delivers a lot of benefits.
Avocent’s DSView 3 software and DSR1030 Server Console KVM Switches with TFT are being deployed throughout the ABC’s regional network over the next three months. The software and equipment will be used by a variety of IT and broadcast teams.