Opengear Adds Open Source Network UPS Tools to Range of Console Servers

Opengear, a leading provider of next generation out-of-band management solutions, today announced the inclusion of Network UPS Tools in its range of console servers, providing a further boost to its overall power management offering targeting data centers and remote branch offices. 

The open source Network UPS Tools provide secure monitoring and control of distributed Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) hardware from all the leading vendors. 

“The inclusion of these UPS tools in our console server enables administrators to monitor UPS hardware from APC, Belkin, MGE, Powerware, Tripp Lite and others using the one simple interface, irrespective if the hardware is serially connected, USB connected or network connected. 

“Console servers also provide out of band access so in event of a power failure at a remote site the administrator can still control all the power infrastructure at the site, as well as controlling all the servers and networking infrastructure. Opengear is the only console server to offer this capability,” said Bob Waldie, CEO, Opengear. 

Blackouts, brownouts, spikes and surges remain a fact of life for IT managers today as do the service interruptions, data corruption, mangled file systems and hardware damage that often result from such power disruptions. 

The entire business community has now begun to understand electricity, the threats it can bring, and the imperative of using UPS hardware to shield their critical infrastructure. The result is a growing UPS market with annual sales exceeding US$6 Billion, and these UPS models all have serial, USB or Ethernet console ports to allow other devices to monitor their status. 

“A UPS can only provide power for a limited period of time, so it is essential that either the UPS management software is configured to initiate automatic graceful shutdowns, or the administrators are alerted of power disruptions impacting any UPS and given visibility of the UPS battery status so they have time to manage manual shutdowns. 

“Opengear delivers both these features and we are UPS vendor agnostic. We also integrate the monitoring with our SDT for Nagios central management, and in the event of a UPS alert our SDT Connector can auto-load the relevant proprietary UPS manager such as Power Alert or LanSafe,” said Waldie. 

Opengear delivers the full Network UPS Toolset as a standard feature of all its rack mount console servers and provides a web interface tool which simplifies configuration and enables UPS hardware to be monitored locally or remotely. 

About Network UPS Tools (NUT)

Network UPS Tools is a group of tools that is used to monitor and administer UPS hardware, and ensure safe shutdowns of the systems which are connected. NUT is an open source project and it monitors a large assortment of UPS hardware from all the leading UPS vendors 

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Founded in 2004, Opengear delivers next generation intelligent solutions for managing critical IT and communications infrastructure. Opengear’s solutions, featuring embedded Smart OOB™ technology, equip our customers’ networks with intelligent automation and bulletproof resilience, enabling them to optimize technical operations and secure business continuity. The company is headquartered in New Jersey, with a manufacturing facility in Utah, R&D operations in Australia and Silicon Valley, and sales offices in Europe, Asia and the USA. For more information, please visit

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