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System Integrates Sensor Networking with Out-of-Band Management

May 17, 2006

MRV 7204 Sensor Manager expands out-of-band management to include remote facility monitoring and centralized control.


CHATSWORTH, Calif. /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- MRV Communications, Inc., a provider of products and services for out-of-band networking, wave division multiplexing and optical transport, metro Ethernet, fiber-optic components, 10GE, and other service-aware networking products, announced the MRV 7204 Sensor Manager. The 7204 further expands MRV's LX Series Out-of-Band Networking solution, designed to extend classic out-of-band management techniques to integrate the management of environmental and physical events into an overall IT management system.

The MRV 7204 Sensor Manager is optimized for remote, unstaffed facilities that need lights-out management and the ability to alert technical staff to everything from a door opening to power outages to fuel levels in a back-up power generator. MRV's 7204 Sensor Manager is targeted at carriers, utilities, and enterprise applications.

"By integrating the benefits of sensor networking with out-of-band management, we've given customers a secure way to centralize monitoring and control of the physical and environmental activities that are increasingly important to the performance and security of their IT and network systems," said Mary Jane Gruninger, general manager of MRV's out-of-band networking division.

The MRV 7204 is a four-slot, 1U-high chassis that can be populated with a combination of sensor input and control output modules. With the 32-port contact sensor module, the system can support as many as 128 wet or dry sensors per chassis. An 8-port analog-loop module provides flexibility to attach specialized sensors that measure analog inputs, such as gas or fluid levels, heat, or humidity. An 8-port control output module allows a remote system manager to control connected systems, such as air conditioning or back-up generators, either manually or automatically in response to an alarm triggered by a sensor input.

The 7204 Sensor Manager is managed through an attached MRV LX Series Secure Console Server connected with a RS-232 serial interface. With a capacity of 128 contacts per 7204, a distributed architecture allows the LX Series Console Server, working with four 7204 Sensor Managers, to manage up to 512 alarm points using a single IP address. The LX Series Secure Console Server can also provide remote service port access and remote power management of other network elements.

Used with MRV's LX Series console server family, the 7204 leverages the benefits of the Out-of-Band Networking solution. The LX Series family console servers provide secure out-of-band device configuration and management. To maximize uptime, LX models are available with dual Ethernet connections and dual power supplies for redundancy. For data security, the console servers support the FIPS-140-2 cryptographic standard and a full range of security features and protocols, including per-port passwords, SSH v2.0, SNMP V3, RADIUS, SecurID, TACACS+, PPP PAP/CHAP, PPP dial back, and built-in database and user access lists.

The MRV 7204 can be configured and managed by an easy-to-use browser-based GUI, a powerful command line interface, or MRV's MegaVision SNMP-based management software. MegaVision also provides fault-management-system capabilities that provide administrators with the tools they need to quickly identify, manage, prioritize, and resolve sensor events and fault conditions. MegaVision may also be used in combination with other SNMP based systems.

The MRV 7204 Sensor Manager is available from MRV and its resellers worldwide. U.S. list pricing starts at $2,690. More information is available at www.mrv.com.

About MRV Communications, Inc.
MRV Communications, Inc., is a provider of network equipment and services and optical components. MRV's networking business provides equipment used by commercial customers, governments, and telecommunications service providers, and includes switches, routers, physical layer products, and out-of-band management products, as well as specialized networking products for aerospace, defense and other applications, including voice and cellular communication. MRV's optical components business provides optical communications components for metropolitan, access, and fiber-to-the-premises applications, through its wholly owned subsidiary LuminentOIC, Inc. MRV markets and sells its products worldwide through a variety of channels, including a dedicated direct sales force, manufacturers' representatives, value-added resellers, distributors, and systems integrators. MRV also has operations in Europe that provide network system design, integration, and distribution services that include products manufactured by third-party vendors, as well as internally developed and manufactured products. Publicly traded since 1992, MRV is listed on the NASDAQ National Market under the symbol MRVC. For more information about MRV and its products, please call (818) 773-0900 or visit our websites at www.mrv.com and www.luminentoic.com.


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