Product of the Day: Real World Linux Product Spotlight - LANUX from Tenth Power Technologies

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Product: LANUX Framework

Manufacturer: Tenth Power Technologies Inc.

Address: 8 Price Street, 4th Floor

Toronto, Ontario M4W 1Z4

Telephone: 416-920-2010

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LANUX Framework is a large-scale infrastructure management web application focused on reducing organizational support costs by enabling system administrators and support professionals to manage a set of various system services running on remote servers in different geographical sites via a web UI.

LANUX allows command and control of multiple Linux servers from a central point. Through a browser based GUI, configuration change management and service status are maintained and managed. Configurations settings are maintained in a Datastore (PostgreSQL). The Framework may run on several popular database platforms and provides for superior business continuity. Tenth Power Technologies Inc., a leading Linux development house is the company behind the software.

It allows remote management and administration of system services for Linux servers and devices. Its easy to use Java-based, Web UI provides an intuitive Command Console from which the system administrators may configure services remotely. Server configuration settings are maintained in the LANUX datastore.

The management console may be run separately from the LANUX datastore server providing a superior business continuity solution. Administrators can access the console via secure SSL connection from any location, on any device equipped with a browser (all major browsers supported). At the core of the Framework lies the LANUX Messenger Module. The Messenger Module carries out all transactions and transports the confirmed settings, via encrypted connection, back to the Data-Store.

As you can see below, Lanux has a user-friendly browser interface, meaning you can work with LANUX from any PC or Mac with any browser (IE, Netscape, Mozilla, Safari, Konqueror, etc.)

The framework consists of a number of handler modules created for each particular system service actions (e.g. a module created for the Users service allows one to add/update/delete user accounts on a Linux machine). The API documentation and an MDK (module development kit) that can be used to create your own modules will be made available in the near future. The services that the framework currently provides for are listed below:

  • Unix users

  • Unix groups

  • FTP (Pure-FTPd)

  • Firewall (Shorewall)

  • DNS (Bind)

  • DHCP (ICS)

  • Print Server service (LPRng)

  • SMTP service (Postfix)

  • Samba

  • Netatalk

  • IPSEC

  • Nettime (NTP)

  • Apache web server (Httpd)

  • Network Backup

The framework has a web front-end viewable in any web browser that supports frames and tables and is based on Java and various technologies of the J2EE framework, including JSP/Servlets, Java Messaging Service (JMS), lite-weight Java Beans, and PosgresSQL as the back-end database. The framework also features an efficient access control system which permits system administrators to delegate management tasks to junior support personnel . The access can be granted based on the following parameters:

  • Domain

  • Site

  • Server (which server can be managed by a specific group/user

  • Server Service (who can administer a specific service on a given server)

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