DCImanager supports VLANs based on switch ports. It means that physical ports of the switch can be logically unified in VLANs. It provides higher security and more flexible management compared to using standard rules or MAC addresses.
Trunk ports supported in DCImanager are really useful if you have two and more switches. By using DCImanager interface, users can switch on and off the Trunk mode of the port, thus allowing this port to transfer traffic of different VLANs.
DCImanager supports the following VLAN management options:
1. DCImanager can assign VLANs to certain switch ports. It helps administrators determine the best VLAN distribution in their network topology. This model can save a lot, as instead of purchasing a few switches you can simply connect all your equipment to just one switch, assigning different VLANs to its ports.
2. VPU (VLAN per user) mode. It allows assigning a separate VLAN to each server or server group and creating IRB interface on the router with this VLAN. This mode is used for protection against various network threats, reduction of broadcast traffic in the network, and building the required network topology, avoiding limitations of physical location of your equipment.
Remote server management via IPMI
The server management interface (IPMI) allows you to remotely monitor, diagnose, and restore the server. DCImanager works with IPMI directly from the interface.
The control panel allows to perform the following operations in the control panel:
- connect through the web interface in public networks;
- connect through the default proxy methods in private networks;
- manage of IPMI console from the panel interface;
- automatically configure IPMI when the server is released.
In a public network DCImanager makes it easy to connect to IPMI and allows to download the console directly from the interface, saving your customer’s time. In a private network it helps to avoid issues with Java settings and outdated browser versions which are required for some IPMI consoles.
Moreover, IPMI allows you to collect the temperature and power consumption data. Find out more in our article about IPMI.