The IBM Global 4x2x32 Console Manager (GCM32) provides enhanced remote management, access, and security capabilities with out-of-band access to servers, network equipment, and other devices with serial configuration or console ports from a single appliance. This unified approach improves staff efficiency by reducing the time required to remotely diagnose, reconfigure, repair, or restore servers as well as network devices and other hardware with serial configuration and/or management consoles.
The 1754 GCMs provide advanced security features with smart card/Common Access Card (CAC) reader support for secure access with centralized authentication to help further prevent security breaches and reduce at the rack system management. The 46M5383 IBM Virtual Media Conversion Option Gen2 (VCO2) with a 1754 GCM provides the historic virtual media capabilities, allowing a single USB media or mass storage device to be mapped directly to a local or remote server, as well as facilitates the Common Access Card (CAC) reader support. Now CAC readers can be quickly mapped to securely authenticate users and access servers at the rack or remotely. These offerings also deliver AES Encryption and LDAP support for simplified integration with existing authentication/security models.
The true serial capabilities of these next generation appliances expand access and control reducing infrastructure complexity by connecting and managing nearly any device with a serial port (Hubs, Routers, Switches) directly from a singular GCM. The 46M5382 IBM Serial Conversion Option (SCO), with a 1754 GCM, is designed to deliver this functionality and supports SSH and Telnet connections and the Cisco electronic pinout for seamless connections to Cisco equipment.