VersaLogic, Argon bring network boot up to embedded computers
Eugene, OR; Mississauga, Ontario, Canada—VersaLogic Corp. and Argon Technology Corp. announced June 9 that they've developed network boot capability for three of VersaLogic's embedded computers: Jaguar, Bobcat, and VSBC-8 processor boards.
MBA provides VersaLogic customers with the ability to remotely manage client devices. It is compatible with all major network boot protocols. OEMs can integrate the Argon boot code into the BIOS of VersaLogic computers. Once the client computer is configured, administrators can access it remotely, perform remote boots, deploy applications, and perform maintenance tasks such as virus scans and file backups.
The network boot technology eliminates the need for local storage media such as hard drives or flash memory. An embedded computer using this technology can be installed within equipment, connected to a network, and will perform with little to no direct input for the life of the computer. Administrators can use Argon's Client Management Services (CMS) software in combination with the MBA for even greater client control and remote capability.
'This is a product combination with great OEM potential,' says Tom Barnum, VersaLogic's sales and marketing VP. 'Remote client boot management is just starting to become recognized as a time- and money-saving technology.'
While remote boot options aren't new to the embedded market, BIOS support is. VersaLogic's Jaguar, Bobcat and VSBC-8 motherboards use Embedded BIOS 2000 from General Software, recently upgraded to make it easy to add Argon's MBA Boot ROM.
Control Engineering Daily News Desk
Jim Montague, news editor