Emerson Network Power has announced an enhancement to its Avocent® Universal Management Gateway (UMG) appliance, bolstering the system’s industry-leading security credentials by securing FIPS 140-2 compliance. When enabled, the system’s new cryptographic module encrypts communication between the appliance and the network, making it FIPS-compliant and meeting all requirements for use in federal government facilities. The enhanced Avocent UMG is available globally.
The Avocent UMG provides the industry’s most comprehensive solution for managing data center infrastructure from end-to-end. The updates augment the platform, enabling secure management of in-band and out-of-band equipment, including service processors. Users can now manage and monitor their infrastructure from any connected, HTML5-enabled browser, providing management flexibility without sacrificing security. Moreover, users can push firmware updates directly from the Avocent UMG to thousands of servers and service processors while confidently managing service processor passwords and network backups from a single pane of glass.
“Today’s networks are increasingly complex, and the challenges to network security are advanced and persistent,” said Jay Wirts, vice president and general manager, Avocent Core Products for Emerson Network Power. “From the beginning, the Avocent UMG appliance has both simplified network management and hardened network security, and the latest enhancements add another layer of protection and intelligence to critical environments.”
FIPS 140-2, titled “Security Requirements for Cryptographic Modules,” is a U.S. government computer security standard used to accredit cryptographic modules. Compliance with the standard is required for equipment used in federal facilities and has become a common stipulation in other public and private IT deployments.
The enhanced Avocent UMG adds a number of additional features designed to streamline network management, including Windows 10 Client support, on-screen displays for KVM interfaces, and improved web browser security with SHA-256 hash functions. The update also adds support for Dell FX2 and VRTX, Lenovo Flex Servers and Chassis, as well as the Fujitsu iRMC S4 service processor.