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News from NET and COM '99

  • [NET & COM ’99] ISA Launches UPS Remote Monitoring Tool
  • February 9, 1999 (TOKYO) — ISA Co., Ltd., a maker of peripherals for UNIX workstations and servers, demonstrated products for remote monitoring and management of uninterruptible power supplies (UPSs) at NET & COM ’99.
    The hardware device is Open Power View Adapter Model 7600, and the software is called Open Power View Manager.

    UPS products have built-in backup batteries that require periodic replacement. But, of the various UPSs available on the market, none is equipped with the functionality required for remote monitoring. Until now, the system administrators had to visit UPS locations one by one to check on the condition of the built-in batteries.

    The main feature of the new ISA products is that they can manage any of the different UPSs offered by four vendors: Omron Corp., Toshiba Corp., Fuji Electric Co., Ltd. and Mitsubishi Electric Corp. The user simply connects a Model 7600 adapter between the serial port of each UPS and a TCP/IP network. This allows all the UPSs to be monitored in real time using the network management tool, Open Power View Manager.

    ISA released the products on Feb. 3. Open Power View Manager costs 330,000 yen (US$2,920) and the Model 7600 adapter costs 69,800 yen (US$620). Both products are due to ship in April.

    In its present form, Open Power View Manager is a stand-alone management tool. However, ISA said that it will develop and release a product for calling the same remote power management functions from leading management tools that use Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP).

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