Penguin Computing Launches Hardware Command and Control Software for Managing and Monitoring Large Pools of Server Assets

Scyld ControlCenter(TM) reduces cluster administration time and costs

Nov 14, 2006, 00:00 ET from Penguin Computing

    SUPERCOMPUTING 2006, TAMPA, Fla., Nov. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Penguin
 Computing today announced Scyld ControlCenter(TM), systems management
 software tailored specifically for, and bundled with, Penguin Computing
 servers to enable fast, easy management and monitoring of cluster hardware
 from a single, web accessible dashboard. System administrators and key
 authorized users will have comprehensive but easy-to-use hardware command
 and control, so organizations can now effectively manage and monitor large
 pools of server assets with minimal system administration time and cost
 without compromising security of the overall system.
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     "Penguin Computing is all about making cluster deployment and
 management easier so introducing a single console that quickly provides
 hard working system administrators with a comprehensive view of their
 cluster hardware, was a logical step," said Pauline Nist, senior vice
 president, product development and management, Penguin Computing. "Time
 really is money and the less time customers have to spend on cluster
 hardware administration, the better the overall value of the cluster. That
 was why we created a web accessible console that lets customers discover,
 manage and monitor their hardware, dramatically simplifying cluster
 hardware administration and saving our customers time and money."
     Scyld ControlCenter is a comprehensive software tool that allows
 visibility into hardware assets and enables users to monitor vital
 statistics such as server type, CPUs, BIOS, memory, network addresses,
 voltages, and temperature. This allows system administrators to stay
 informed of events (i.e. blades being inserted or removed), ensure safety
 margins (i.e., receive warnings when safe operational thresholds are
 exceeded) and maintain control over the servers (i.e., such as changing
 their boot method, controlling LEDs and powering on/off/cycling). This
 remote management console is accessible anywhere on the network that the
 management server can be accessed so that users can do what they need to do
 anytime they have access to a browser connection to the management server.
     In addition, administrators can avoid administration bottlenecks by
 setting permissions to give some amount of control over to key users
 without compromising the security of the overall system. The software also
 enables them to represent their servers in both actual physical tree view
 as well as arbitrary logical groupings that make sense for the customer,
 enabling group functions to be executed or general management to be focused
 by the logical group (i.e. power down all the web servers at midnight). Key
 tasks can be scheduled for full flexibility and email notification and a
 full searchable log of any events that occurred in the system or on a
 particular hardware asset ensures peace of mind for the IT administrator.
     Scyld ControlCenter(TM) is available now, integrated at no cost with
 Penguin Computing's BladeRunner(TM) Linux blade server, and will be
 available with all Penguin Computing rackmount servers in the first quarter
 of 2007.
     About Penguin Computing
     Penguin Computing is the leader in Cluster Virtualization, delivering
 virtualized cluster systems driven by Scyld ClusterWare(TM) its unique
 Linux software, which makes large pools of Linux servers appear and act
 like a single virtual system. Through a single point of command/control,
 thousands of systems can be managed as if they were a single, consistent,
 virtual system, dramatically simplifying deployment and management and
 significantly improving server performance and data center resource
 utilization. Focused on the high performance computing, enterprise
 consolidation and web hosting markets, the company has an extensive
 customer base including Fortune 1000 companies, government agencies and
 educational institutions. Founded in 1998, Penguin Computing is
 headquartered in San Francisco, California. To learn more about High
 Performance Computing Linux and Web Clustering, please visit Penguin
 Computing at
                   Scyld Control Center Features and Benefits
     Features                           Benefits
     Web-based client access            Access anywhere on the network one
                                        single management console for all
                                        managed elements in a comprehensive
     Both physical and user-defined     Intuitive, instant visualization of the
     logical representation of          resources according to how you use them
     managed servers/chassis            as well as how they are physically laid
                                        Operate on groups of servers with a
                                        single action request
     Intuitive, powerful task           Execute and fully track, one-time and
     operation on managed               scheduled operations to automate
     elements                           remotely otherwise time-consuming
                                        manual tasks interactively
     Wide variety of event capture      Key personnel will instantly know when
     with event notification            anything of importance occurs in the
     mechanisms                         system
     Individual user accounts with      Administrators can control who does
     device-by-device access controls   what, when, to which managed elements
                                        while giving flexibility and self-
                                        sufficiency to key users in the
     Privilege-levels for               Save bottlenecks, increase use
     administrators and users           satisfaction, maintain control and
     Standards-based implementation     Easily fits into the existing
     with support for XML, CIM,         management ecosystem with a high degree
     HTML, SNMP, IPMI                   of user familiarity
     Rich asset repository              Instant visibility into the entire
     collected from all relevant        system's state and critical event
     information about your             filtering
     critical resources
     Powerful control features          Efficient centralized configuration and
     such as remote power control,      management conveniently available
     boot methodology, blink LEDS,      remotely
     change active/standby roles
     Commercial support                 Expert assistance when you need it
     Penguin Computing and BladeRunner are registered trademarks and Scyld
 ControlCenter is a trademark of Penguin Computing, Inc. Linux is a
 registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. Other names are for informational
 purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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