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Remote access gadget vendor offers educational discount

Oct 16, 2006 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 2 views

uClinux specialist and remote access equipment vendor Opengear has launched an educational discount program for university computer facilities. The Opengear Campus Partner Program offers 40 percent discounts on the company's uClinux-based remote management devices.

Opengear, founded in January of 2005, has shipped quite a few different products over the last couple of years. The company's flagship CM4xxx devices (pictured at top-of-page) aim to remotely control both console-based devices such as routers and Linux servers, and KVM (keyboard, video, mouse) based devices such as Windows, Mac, and Unix servers. Typically, a port is forwarded from the main firewall to the CM4xxx device, enabling admins to ssh in, or dial in through an optional modem. Once in, they can gain a shell on serially connected devices, or tunnel graphical sessions to Ethernet-connected devices, using VNC (virtual network controller), RDP (remote desktop protocol), or XDM (X display manager).

Opengear's remote access devices are based on several open source applications, in addition to uClinux. These include okvm and SDTConnector.

Opengear says its Campus Partner Program aims to support campus managers by offering an affordable solution offering “the best tools available” for remote system control. For example, it notes that program participants are eligible to purchase its 48-port CM4148 device for $900. The device can provide local and remote in-band and out-of-band management of servers, storage arrays, VoIP systems, power strips, routers, and firewalls, according to Opengear.

Opengear says its Campus Partner Program is accepting applications now.

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