Communications appliance for security applications
CAR-4003 communications appliance
Portwell Technology has announced the CAR-4003 1U communications appliance designed for security applications such as enterprise internet security, firewall, network access control and more.
The CAR-4003 1U communications device is based on the quad-core Intel Xeon processor X3400 or L3400 or Intel Core i5 or Core i3 processor.
It is also suitable for WAN optimisation, unified threat management, network behaviour analysis and triple play broadcasting.
Powered by Intel's intelligent server processors - the Intel Xeon processor 3400 series - Portwell's CAR-4003 supports four Dimm slots with high-speed 1,333MHz dual-channel DDR3 ECC memory; and dual x8 PCI Express Gen2 slot (8GB/s bi-directional) for connecting Portwell's expansion modules.
Expansion capabilities include: two PCI-E x8 interface for a modular bay for Portwell's ABN/NIP module product family; fibre and copper port connections including dual-port 10G readiness (Intel 82598EB, Intel 92599ES with SFP+ Interface and Intel 82599EB 10Gbase-T Copper Interface); and PCI3 Gen2 Quad Port GbE and SFP (Intel 82580) module; Ezio-G400 (128x32 graphical module with four buttons), or Ezio-G500 (128x64 graphical module with seven buttons); VGA pin-header available for software/application development; one 3.5in or two 2.5in serial ATA hard disk drive; and one on-board Compactflash slot.
In addition, the CAR-4003 provides Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) v2.0 functions for remote management, including IPMI over LAN, IP over KVM, serial over LAN redirection, event logging, and OS-independent hardware health monitoring.
Portwell said IPMI helps lower the overall costs of server management by enabling customers to save time, maximise IT resources and potentially manage multivendor environments in the same way.
IPMI consists of a main controller called the baseboard management controller and other management controllers distributed among different system modules that are referred to as satellite controllers.
The user can access IPMI functionality through the command line with the IPMItool utility either in-band or out-of-band.
Additionally, the user can generate an IPMI-specific trap from the web interface, or manage the server's IPMI functions from any external management solution that is IPMI v1.5 or v2.0 compliant.
The IPMI operates independently of the operating system and allows administrators to manage a system remotely even in the absence of an operating system or the system management software, or even if the monitored system is powered off while connected to a power source.
IPMI can also function after the operating system has started and offers enhanced features when used with system management software.
IPMI prescribes only the structure and format of the interfaces as a standard.
As a space-saving 1U platform, CAR-4003 - with one PCI Express expansion in an x4 slot - provides flexibility for customers requiring Crypto, Wireless, ADSL and other add-on modules.
For external connectivity, the CAR-4003 platform - featuring up to 20 PCI-Express Gen2 Gigabit Ethernet ports with six pairs of bypass segments - can be deployed easily in frontline security applications.
Other features include two USB 2.0 ports and RJ45 console on the front panel, 300W high-efficiency (80 plus) AC-DC ATX power supply with PFC, and Intel Turbo Boost Technology.
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