Digi adds secure network serial connectivity to terminal server products

Minnetonka, Minn. - Digi International Inc. recently announced that it has added advanced security and diagnostic capabilities to its PortServer TS terminal server products.


Minnetonka, Minn. - Digi International Inc. recently announced that it has added advanced security and diagnostic capabilities to its PortServer TS terminal server products.

Available immediately as a free Flash ROM update, these new features include SSHv2 security. Digi reports that SSHv2 is the latest implementation of Secure Shell, a secure replacement for telnet. Using strong encryption and authentication, SSH protects against unauthorized interception of LAN traffic, or "sniffing." This latest version of SSHv2 addresses security flaws found in SSHv1.

Other recent PortServer TS enhancements include PPP support, which enables easy-to-configure modem connections from Windows or Linux-based PCs, using standard dial-up networking. With PPP, a network administrator can dial into a PortServer TS from anywhere to remotely monitor and reconfigure network equipment.

In addition, Port Server TS's new Port Buffering feature allows network administrators to capture a running log of data sent from servers and routers. Because network equipment is frequently installed without video displays, these logs can become critical diagnostic tools. PortServer TS already has been certified "Solaris Ready" by Sun Microsystems, which ensures ease of installation and compatibility with Sun's equipment.

Available in 8- or 16-port desktop and 16-port rack configurations, PortServer TS connects serial ports, such as the management ports found on Sun servers and Cisco routers, to Ethernet networks. PortServer TS allows network managers to securely and efficiently maintain network resources, resulting in improved uptime and lower costs.

"By adding these features to the PortServer TS products, Digi now offers secure, reliable network serial connectivity at the lowest price per port," says Burk Murray, Digi's marketing vp. "With these enhancements, Digi is able to meet a rapidly growing customer need for secure, scalable console management solutions."

Control Engineering Daily News Desk
Jim Montague, news editor

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