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Raritan Paragon II

Raritan ParagonParagon II will give you the power to access and control servers and other network devices anytime, anywhere. A stackable Cat5 KVM solution, Paragon II will give you seamless access and control to multiple platforms, operating systems and connections.

The Paragon II is designed to perform heavy-duty multiple-user-to-many-server keyboard/video/mouse (KVM) matrix switching useing standard Category 5 unshielded twisted-pair (UTP) cabling, It can connect users with servers across as much as 1000 ft. (304 m) of such cabling.

Paragon II systems consist of three components: Base Units, which do the matrix switching; Computer- Interface Modules (CIMs) connected to each server; and User-Station Modules (User Stations) connected to each set of user-station equipment.

There are a number of Base Unit models that support different numbers of directly attached users and server CPUs:

• Product code P2-UMT242 supports 2 users and 42 CPUs
• P2-UMT442 supports 4 users and 42 CPUs
• P2-UMT832M supports 8 users and 32 CPUs
• P2-UMT1664M supports 16 users and 64 CPUs

There are also several different CIMs for different types of servers (all must output VGA video):

  • P2CIM-PS2 and ZCIM-PS2 support CPUs with IBM PS/2 type keyboard and mouse ports; Z-CIM has an extra RJ-45 port to support a “local CPU” installed between a User Station and a Base Unit, as well as chaining of Z-CIMs for clustered access.
  • P2CIM-SUN supports CPUs with Sun type keyboard and mouse ports.
  • P2CIM-USB, P2CIM-SUSB, and P2CIM-USBG2 support CPUs with USB keyboard and mouse ports.
  • P2CIM-USBG2 works with P2-HUBPAC in PC, MAC, and SUN USB configurations.
  • AUATC supports CPUs connected through their RS-232 serial ports.
  • P2CIM-PS2DUAL supports CPUs with IBM PS/2 keyboard and mouse ports; allows one PC to expand to double the number of users.

There is one universal User Station (P2-UST) that supports PS/2, Sun, or USB keyboards and mice. (Raritan recommend that you use a Sun keyboard if there are any Sun CPUs in your system; if you must use a PS/2 keyboard to control Sun CPUs,) If you want to connect one user station to one CPU across a long stretch of CAT5 or higher cable, you can run such a cable between a “direct mode” User Station and a P2CIM-PS2

Paragon II also offers a stacking unit, which is a cost-effective, space-saving expansion unit that allows you to easily add up to 128 non-blocked ports per switch with 90% less cable than cascading. Stacking units are compatible with Paragon II models UMT 832 M and UMT 1664M.

Stacking Unit Benefits
The stacking units reduce the burden of multiple cables between tiers, reduce total cost of ownership (TCO) by more than 30% and save one-third of rack space and HVAC resources.

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  • Powerful BIOS-level access and full keyboard and mouse control of Windows, SUN and USB servers
  • High performance analog switching provides extremely high video quality
  • Simplifies cabling between tiers by replacing pass through cables with a single expansion cable saving up to 32 cables per switch.
  • Highly scaleable architecture allows for connection of up to 10,000 attached devices in a single logical deployment.
  • Leverages Raritans Cat5 simplicity technology allowing any standard UTP cables to be used
  • Optional IP Access extends the typical distance between Paragon components allowing users access from anywhere
  • Provides a single, consolidated view and control of Raritan Remote Power Control Units connected to Paragon II
  • GUI software simplifies management and monitoring of data center by consolidating administration of attached equipment.
  • Supports firmware upgrading and completions of installs over the network saving time and money.
  • Allows connection of multiple disparate servers such as Windows, SUN, Compaq, HP and UNIX-based servers. Also allows serial devices to be connected via Raritans AUATC adaptors.
  • Backward compatible with existing Paragon equipment
  • Very small form-factor saves expensive rack space and minimizes electrical consumption by lowering HVAC provisioning needs.
  • Integrated power supply ensures proper power provision and system reliability.

Multi-dimensional Expansion
With Paragon II, you can stack units to gain up to 128 computer ports and control up to 10,000 servers by tiering stacked units and adding memory cards. Building upon the proven analog KVM switching technologies of Raritan's original Paragon, it has superior KVM switch technology that dramatically reduces equipment costs and optimizes space utilization.

Innovative Modular Architecture
The main switching unit is a secure, intelligent, non-blocked control unit that connects users to servers. Its stackable architecture provides the industry's highest port density.

Remote Access
The optional UST-IP user station provides KVM-over-IP capability for anytime, anywhere access and control of Paragon II-connected servers. Incorporating a slim design and familiar Raritan Remote Client GUI (which automatically downloads through your browser), it combines the User Station role of the UST1 and IP gateway functionality into one device. It also gives remote users on/off/recycle capabilities for power-strip-connected devices. The UST-IP also supports 128-bit SSL encryption and authenticates users against the Paragon II database.