ZPE Systems Unveils NodeGrid Serial Console—96 Port Density, Open Architecture, Intel CPU-based, Fastest Serial Console Server On The Market


SAN JOSE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–ZPE Systems® today unveiled NodeGrid Serial Console. This new generation of serial console switch is the highest density device in the industry and helps data centers improve productivity, multi-user access and reduce their infrastructure costs with the latest technologies. Open modular hardware design, fast CPU speed and more memory combined with the latest 64-bit Linux OS enable lightning response times. A modern Yocto/Ubuntu software development kit and support for Docker Containers simplify additional feature expansion. Designed by industry veterans, patent-pending NodeGrid Serial Console is available in eight 1U configurations—96, 48, 32 and 16 port models with dual or single power supply.

“Key customers asked us to build a fast, high capacity, easily customized console server and that’s just what we did.”

NodeGrid Serial Console enables fast, simultaneous in- and out-of-band access and control of network, storage, power and server devices – including Open Compute Hardware Management – to maximize enterprise computing uptime.

“With over 100 years of combined experience in the console server business, our team has the experience and knowledge to deliver world class products. NodeGrid Serial Console was designed to complement our industry defining NodeGrid Manager platform,” said CEO and co-founder Arnaldo Zimmermann. “Key customers asked us to build a fast, high capacity, easily customized console server and that’s just what we did.”

NodeGrid Serial Console is the only offering in the market today with a 96 port density for serial console. As rack densities increase, NodeGrid Serial Console is an excellent choice for providing flexibility in designing and configuring the rack.

“The ability to do Serial Console on an Intel Platform with Docker support is a tremendous benefit for customers adopting virtualization. Compiling Intel based tool sets on an open platform with the SSD sizing to run VMs, now allows Data Center Operators to extend the use cases of the serial to a variety of use cases,” said Olav Philips, Sr. DevOps Engineer at Liquid Robotics Inc.

Brief NodeGrid Serial Console Features

  • Secure in-band and out-of-band access to serial devices via web, CLI and direct Linux shell
  • 96, 48, 32 or 16 serial port models with dual/single AC power supply
  • Dual core 1.75 GHz Intel Atom CPU; 4GB RAM
  • 36GB SSD storage for data logging and custom code
  • Dual Gigabit Ethernet ports, 1 HDMI port, 1 console port, 2 USB 2.0 ports
  • 64-bit Linux Kernel 3.14 with Yocto/Ubuntu SDK for Software Innovation
  • Docker optimized for quick, flexible script and application integration
  • HTML5 remote console access for mobile, tablet, desktop – no more Java dependencies
  • Vendor-neutral power management: Cyclades/Avocent, Raritan, ServerTech, Emerson, APC


NodeGrid Serial Console Server is currently in trials with select customers and will be generally available summer 2015. For beta trials contact ZPE Systems.

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About ZPE Systems

ZPE Systems is the data center industry’s first provider of software defined infrastructure in addition to traditional hardware infrastructure. The company’s NodeGrid Manager software simplifies day zero deployment, configuration, access and control of in-band and out-of-band compute, network, storage and power physical and virtual infrastructures. ZPE provides smart, consolidated IT management solutions which reduce CAPEX/OPEX. The company is headquartered in Fremont, California with reseller partners in Japan, Brazil and India.

ZPE Systems, the ZPE logo, NodeGrid Serial Console, NodeGrid Manager, DeviceURL and NodeIQ are registered trademarks or trademarks of ZPE Systems. Other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners.


ZPE Systems
Ken Ott, 510-298-3022
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