Paragon II
Paragon II - Features and Benefits
Paragon® II
Feature
Benefit
Hardware
Compact form factors
Paragon II Main switches come in 1U to 2U form factors and can be
rack mounted. The small form factor saves expensive rack space and
makes it perfect for large data centers where space is at a premium.
Reduced form factors minimize electrical consumption by lowering
HVAC provisioning needs.
The Paragon II User Stations double as monitor stands and occupy
minimal footprint on the desk.
Smart Card and CAC
Reader capabilities
Paragon II Release 4.3 supports smart card authentication, enhancing
security for both the private sector and government customers. A
Common Access Card (CAC) / Smart Card reader is built into the
Paragon II Enhanced User Station (model numbers P2-EUST/C and
P2-EUST/C-GOV). As a result, Paragon II enables the United States
Department of Defense and their affiliated agencies to easily comply
with HSPD-12, maintaining high security during convenient KVM access
of servers. Private sector customers who may also be implementing
the use of Smart Cards will also benefit from this complete solution to
safeguard their IT and business assets against identity theft, system
hacks, and internal frauds.
The solution is easy to deploy. Existing Paragon II customers (or
Paragon I, hardware version 3 customers) who wish to implement the
new card reader solution may simply replace their existing user stations
with the new card reader user stations. New Computer Interface
Modules (P2CIM-AUSB-C or P2CIM-AUSB-C-GOV) are also required
for this solution. Lastly, a firmware upgrade of the Paragon UMT switch
and an update of Paragon Manager to release 4.3 are needed. New
Paragon II customers will implement the complete solution without the
need to purchase additional smart card readers.
Highly scalable
architecture
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The Paragon II switch architecture and the ability to cascade switches
in tiers enables access to thousands of attached devices connected in a
single logical deployment.
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Feature
Benefit
Stackable expansion unit
Paragon II switches stacking unit allows expansion of each switch to
attach up to 128 devices per switch with a single cable.
Stacking architecture simplifies cabling between ”tiers” by replacing
pass through cables with a single expansion cable. These units save in
rack space and HVAC costs.
A combination of two
types of User Stations can
be connected to a Main
Switch
Users can choose any of the two types of user stations while
connecting to the Paragon II; the switch simultaneously operates with
the Enhanced User Station (P2-EUST) and the User Station with
integrated IP access (P2-USTIP). The P2-USTIP provides users with
remote access to their Paragon II-connected servers or IT devices.
CIM Technology
Computer Interface Modules (CIMs), with “keep-alive” technology, allow
users to add, remove and hot-swap components without interruption to
the live servers.
Multiplatform CIMs
CIMs are available in USB, Sun, PS/2 and Serial for support of various
servers and devices in your data center.
P2ZCIM
P2ZCIMs allow users to daisy-chain up to 42 servers on a single chain,
occupying only one server port on Paragon II. P2ZCIMs offer a flexible
and cost-effective way to expand the Paragon II capability.
AC Power: 110/220V AutoSwitching
Integrated power supply ensures proper power provision and system
reliability.
Raritan design with LED
Indicators
A sophisticated product look, featuring an ergonomic design and new
blue LED indicators for clear, easy-to-see power, network activity and
user activity.
Connectivity
2, 4, 8 or 16 non-blocked
users
Paragon II provides two, four, eight or 16 users non-blocked access to
connected servers using the regular User Station or the Enhanced User
Station. With use of the Paragon II Dual CIM (P2CIM-APS2DUAL),
user access is doubled – and with the P2-HUBPAC as many as 64
users can reach their desired targets.
Optional IP access with
the P2-USTIP
Optional IP access allows up to two users to remotely access their
Paragon II-connected servers from anytime, anywhere via a Web
browser.
32, 42 or 64 server ports
on Main Switch,
expandable to 128 with
Stacking Units
Paragon II comes with 32, 42 or 64 server ports on each Main
Switching Unit. Some models can be used with Stacking Units and
expand to 128 server ports.
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Feature
Cross-platform and
hardware independent
Benefit
Allows a mix of servers such as Windows, Sun, Compaq, HP and UNIX
to be connected to the same switch. Also allows serial devices to be
connected with the use of Raritan’s AUATC adaptors.
Video Display
High Video Resolutions
The P2-EUST provides video resolutions greater than 1920 x 1440 at
distances over 1000 feet at refresh rates of 60 Hz, and 1600 x 1200 at
distances up to 1000 feet at refresh rates of 75 Hz and 85 Hz.
Manual Skew
Compensation
Users can manually adjust video clarity per server. Settings are saved
in the Paragon database to be used the next time the user logs onto the
system.
Automatic Skew
Compensation
The new P2CIMs perform automatic skew compensation when used
with the enhanced user station (P2-EUST), achieving the best video
quality by adjusting for signal loss based on cable distance and varying
cable types. Manual skew compensation will continue to be supported
by older CIMs, and can be used to override automatic settings in the
new CIMs.
Power Management
Integrated Power
Management
Provides a single, consolidated view and control of Raritan’s Remote
Power Management Units connected to Paragon II. It automatically
displays power strips and Paragon II targets on the connected ports.
Administrators can monitor status and power on/off/recycle power to
remote equipment including servers, remote alarm monitoring, HVAC
and other critical data center equipment.
Management
Paragon Manager
Administrative Software
Paragon’s GUI software drastically simplifies management and
monitoring of the data center by consolidating administration of
attached equipment. With a single view of all connected equipment via
the LAN, Paragon Manager lets you manage users by capturing and
saving all system events for auditing purposes, push firmware upgrades
via the network, associate power outlets to the connected targets and
maintain system profiles.
Firmware Upgradeability
via Network Connection
Simplifies firmware updates by allowing the administrator to push
upgrades out over the network and complete installs from the NOC –
saving time and money.
Backward Compatibility
Paragon II is compatible with existing Paragon equipment, allowing for
investment protection and continued ROI.
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Feature
Benefit
Event Logging
Paragon Manager will allow you to save and store system events to an
appropriate text file.
Raritan CommandCenter
Secure Gateway
Integration through the
Paragon II System
Controller
Multiple Paragon II switches can be managed centrally and seamlessly
through Paragon II System Controller (P2-SC) and CommandCenter
Secure Gateway (CC-SG). CommandCenter Secure Gateway provides
a single sign-on for a consolidated view, and BIOS-level, click-andcontrol access to all servers and IT devices in the data center, reducing
incident response time.
Usability Features
Ghosting
Saves users valuable configuration time by reusing the existing CIM
channel name when CIMs are disconnected from the servers.
Disabling ghosting enables a clean record in deployments where
components are relocated frequently, allowing users greater freedom
and flexibility.
System-wide Reset from
the Analog User Station
Allows users to perform a system-wide reset of an entire matrix or a
specific UMT from the analog user station without going to each switch
to reset.
Screen Saver
In addition to the already supported Green Mode feature, a screen
saver feature is provided.
Video Redirect
Allows administrators to redirect a server’s video signals from one
Paragon II Enhanced User Station (P2-EUST) to another P2-EUST that
is connected to stacked and tiered units, or separate Paragon II base
units (requires Paragon Manager). Video Redirect is ideal for use in the
NOC or training centers.
Multiple Video Support
Multiple Video, also known as “Port Following Switch”, enables multiple
user stations to simultaneously view the video output of servers that
have multiple video ports (up to four). Channel / port association for
using this feature is configured in Paragon Manager™. This feature is
great for broadcast, video production, training and other applications
where the sharing of video is needed.
Deko® Fast Action
Keyboard Support
Enables the use of Deko FAK in broadcast production and postproduction facilities.
IBM BladeCenter® Support
Paragon II is now the premier KVM solution for IBM BladeCenter
customers. Two new Paragon II CIMs have been created (USB and
PS/2 versions) for connecting to the BladeCenter chassis.
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Feature
Benefit
CORTRON® Keyboard
Support
A variety of military and commercial IT operations require rugged
equipment to meet the environmental challenges they often face. As a
result, military and commercial organizations routinely deploy
CORTRON keyboards to meet the demands of those environments.
Paragon II supports CORTRON’s rugged keyboards, extending
Paragon’s value to organizations that operate in harsh conditions.
Kensington Expert
Mouse® and Turbo Mouse
Trackball Support
While supported on both Macintosh and Windows platforms,
Kensington expert mouse and turbo mouse trackball products are very
popular with Mac users, and rank highest among third party peripheral
vendors.
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