Opengear Reveals OKVM Software and Hardware Developer Kit at LinuxWorld San Francisco

Opengear Leads the Charge to Deliver New Wave of Open Source Infrastructure as

Community Support Grows for Open Source KVM

Aug 09, 2005, 01:00 ET from Opengear Inc.

    WEST JORDAN, Utah, Aug. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Opengear Inc., a quality
 supplier of console server manager and KVM over IP solutions, today announced
 a preview of the first working prototype of its OKVM software and hardware
 developer kit.  Opengear will demo its developer kit on August 9-11 in booth
 #966 at the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo in San Francisco.
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     Opengear's OKVM developer kit is the first product to arise from the OKVM
 project (, founded in October 2004 to develop
 open source KVM over IP and Serial over IP management platforms to enable
 users to build custom appliances to meet their particular remote control and
 central management needs. This project, the brainchild of Opengear, has
 experienced overwhelming support and acceptance from the open source
 community.  Vendors and developers worldwide joined the OKVM project as early
 supporters and collaborators.  World-class companies like Belkin and Cyclades
 were among the first organizations to join Opengear in bringing a new wave of
 open source infrastructure.
     The KVM over IP management software in OKVM enables secure, remote control
 of one or more systems from an IP-connected management system.  OKVM built
 with an uClinux Linux kernel, embodies popular and proven Linux software
 modules for networking (NetFilter, IPTables), secure access (OpenSSH) and
 communications (OpenSSL), and user authentication (PAM, RADIUS, TACACS+ and
 LDAP).  It also incorporates modified VNC server and client software, enabling
 the system or network administrator to view the screen and control the
 keyboard and mouse of the remote target system(s) by running VNC client
 software on their management system.
     The KVM over IP management software requires additional hardware to
 capture and regenerate the Keyboard, Video and Mouse (KVM) signals.  No
 standard, off-the-shelf KVM hardware exists and the development team wanted to
 avoid ASICs and expensive programmable processors, etc.
     The OKVM project was built on standard PCs, which required the least
 amount of learning and training for other developers and integrators, and the
 OKVM team developed an OKVM PCI adapter with an open hardware design.  By
 using the card to assemble a KVM over IP capable appliance from a Linux PC,
 the OKVM team supplies board schematics to let developers embed the design in
 small footprint Linux appliances.
     The OKVM project's mission is to enable developers to create broader and
 more interoperable IT infrastructure solutions.  Whether developers are
 working with the RDP (Microsoft Remote Desktop Protocol), VNC (Virtual Network
 Computing), IPMI (Intelligent Platform Management Interface), console servers
 or KVM over IP, the OKVM project is a true complement to these tools and their
     Tony Merenda, President of Opengear stated, "Through the OKVM project we
 remove boundaries making IT infrastructure management viable across all
 environments, including some of the most cost-sensitive locations.  The result
 of our project collaboration will not only benefit computer-centric sites, but
 also non-computer-centric settings like intelligent buildings and vending
     "Opengear is breaking new ground in adapting the open source software
 model to hardware," said Maria Winslow, Open Source Practice Leader with
 Virtuas and author of The Practical Manager's Guide to Open Source.  "I think
 we will see increased innovation and customer choice because of their
 pioneering efforts."
     The OKVM team has further simplified the hardware effort by partnering
 with Jepico, a Japanese developer of ready-made video and image streaming
 graphics processors. Jepico, a lead processor manufacturer for several years,
 recognized the OKVM project's value and is now participating in its first open
 source effort.
     The core of the first OKVM PCI Adapter is the Jepico j-L201 Image
 processor, which captures video into frame buffer memory and couples to the
 host using a PCI bridge.  The OKVM software modules and VNC server transmit
 screen changes to the remote station running a VNC client.  The card also has
 a Microcontroller that allows the VNC server to actually transmit keyboard and
 mouse strokes received from the VNC client to the ports on the managed server.
     "As is the case with any segment of the IT market, if you take out the
 proprietary hurdle then its adoption accelerates exponentially," said Bob
 Waldie, CEO of Opengear.  "That's what OKVM is all about; we expect that it
 will be part of the accelerated adoption of out-of-band infrastructure
     About Cyclades
     Cyclades, a leader in next-generation IT infrastructure management, offers
 a comprehensive system of products that reduce IT operational costs and risks,
 while increasing the productivity of IT assets and personnel.  Cyclades
 AlterPath System provides secure alternate paths into the production IT
 infrastructure, enabling administrators to remotely access, diagnose and
 restore disconnected assets to normal operation.
     Designed to seamlessly integrate and deploy into the enterprise, Cyclades
 AlterPath solutions include console servers, KVM and KVM over IP switches,
 power control appliances, service processor managers, blade managers and a
 manager to control the entire out-of-band infrastructure. More than 8,000
 organizations, including 85 percent of the FORTUNE 100, depend on Cyclades
 products. Founded in 1991 and headquartered in Fremont, Calif., Cyclades is a
 global company with 19 offices worldwide. Additional information is available
 at or by calling (888) 292-5233.
     About Belkin Corporation
     Belkin Corporation, the global leader in connectivity solutions offers a
 range of innovations for the computer, electronics, and mobile consumer.  With
 a diverse and far reaching product mix consisting of home and enterprise
 networking, data center solutions, audio video solutions, KVM, power
 protection and cabling, as well as USB and FireWire(R) devices, Belkin extends
 its reach to Bluetooth(TM), PDA, iPod(R), and other solutions for mobile
 computing. Belkin's end-to-end VoIP solution allows wholesale VoIP customers
 to rapidly deploy a customized branded VoIP service with minimal up front
 cost. Belkin products are available through as well as
 through a network of major distributors, resellers, and superstores.
     About Opengear Inc.
     Opengear's mission is to be the leader in cost-effective, out-of-band
 remote control solutions by leveraging open source to make IT infrastructure
 management affordable at the enterprise data center and beyond.
     Headquartered in West Jordan, Utah, Opengear maintains its engineering
 facilities in Brisbane, Australia. For more information, please call (801)
 282-1387 or visit

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