Pacific Microinstruments announced a new web server for PDA and embedded device networks. Based on the Apache web server framework, the PMI-Nexus provides a web server and firewall between sets of embedded devices and local PC and workstation networks. The company says that the connection between the embedded nodes and the server may be over existing LAN infrastructure, legacy connections such as RS-232, or wireless connections (typically 802.11).
According to the company, the PMI-Nexus builds on the Apache/Tomcat web server. By using a set of tools already familiar to network managers, the PMI-Nexus users benefit from the most widely available web server (Apache/Tomcat) on the market. What makes the PMI-Nexus unique is a focus on bringing clarity to complex non-PC networks and preventing security intrusions into or out of these special networks.
There are two target customers for the web server extension. First, OEM customers that want to offer a stand-alone server nexus that enables management of embedded system nodes and wireless device networks in specific vertical markets. Second, network managers already familiar with the Apache-Tomcat web server who want to segment non-PC devices from their networks. Typical non-PC devices include TCP/IP-enabled manufacturing equipment, control systems, and wireless 802.11 handheld devices.
According to Eric Canuteson, CEO, Pacific Microinstruments, Inc. the PMI-Nexus is suitable for devices such as PDAs, wireless devices, and embedded systems. "In the rush to connect non-PC devices to existing computer networks, too little attention has been paid to unanticipated network effects and security concerns," says Canuteson. "We have developed a server product that segments non-PC nodes such as embedded control systems and 802.11 wireless devices from computer networks, while still allowing remote management."
More information is available at www.PacificMicroinstruments.com.