Vertiv, formerly Emerson Network Power, has announced a new compact serial console that will extend their portfolio of Internet of Things (IoT) enabled devices, offering a solution for remote monitoring, out-of-band management and IoT connectivity for market segments beyond the traditional data center. The new Avocent® ACS800 serial console leverages the technology platform of the Avocent ACS8000 serial console launched in the Fall of 2016, but brings a compact form factor and a cost-efficient connectivity feature set that makes the new design accessible to users who have previously been constrained by limited space or budget. The Avocent ACS800 serial console will have select product availability in June and global availability in Q3 of this year.
This additional product platform demonstrates a continuing push by Vertiv to modernize the role that serial consoles can serve within networks. While maintaining high availability and providing remote management of IT equipment remain cornerstone features of the new Avocent ACS800 serial console, the compact form factor and low-cost pricing position, coupled with new target connectivity features, make this solution a good fit for Edge and IoT focused market segments, including users with multiple remote locations, such as education, financial and retail.
“Vertiv is investing in the development of IT management products that focus on the needs of Edge customers by creating an ecosystem of connectivity. Our broad portfolio for diverse segments is unique in the market,” said Jay Wirts, vice president and general manager of IT management products for Vertiv. “Our new Avocent ACS800 ties seamlessly into rack power distribution and uninterruptible power supply systems, as well as providing the ability to connect remote Edge sites with environmental monitoring sensors, USB devices and even other building systems like automated transfer switches and HVAC control systems. The key to harnessing these features is to package them in a way that meets the size and budgetary constraints of the customer.”
The Avocent ACS800 models have two, four, or eight serial ports — with multi-protocol serial support including RS232, RS485 and RS422 — four USB ports, an environmental sensor port and a digital output port. Networking connectivity is available through dual Gigabit Ethernet ports, an optional internal analog modem, as well as through an optional external 4G/LTE cellular router available directly from Vertiv and supported through a strategic partnership with Cradlepoint. Mounting of the Avocent ACS800 can be either desktop based, or with one of three available mounting kits: 1U rack mount, wall mount or DIN-rail mounted.