Tuesday, April 27, 2010

KVM over IP device Will it Save Me Money?

Most of the time when talking about KVM over IP devices at my job I see it come down to an investment for a KVM over IP device switch rather than just a business expensive. When people go on site to do a job or repair, you pay them money. KVM over IP device can save you money by allowing you remote control of a number of servers and saving you the travel + man hours.

KVM over IP device is a technology that is limitless and is still growing rapidly. People are always going to need to get up to date equipment as technology grows and grows. For instance KVM over IP device is currently in a transition from VGA to DVI video, and the DVI video is much more bandwidth intensive. KVM over IP device allows you to use the power of the world wide web to access computers as if you were local right in front of them.

Here is a real world scenario of KVM over IP device saving you time and money. I had a guy who was getting distorted video on his server. Some minor video card settings needed to be changed and this was a simple task, but it could not be accomplished on site. Rather than drive 2 hours to do this tweak he used a KVM over IP device to accomplish it.

Good luck and there is a ton of information if you need help purchasing!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Frequent Updates Forthcoming

I decided I have a lot on my mind at all times so I'm going to make more of an effort to update this blog with issues I see at work and issues I read about. Today I'm going to write about DVI and KVM's. Alot of people are moving to digital solutions these days and the technology seems to be lagging behind a bit.

A lot of servers are coming with DVI video cards and people are looking for solutions to switch between this or to put it over an IP network. I can tell you I work for a company selling KVM switches and we don't even get into any DVI KVM switches that are over 4 ports.

That being said, if you are planning from the ground up for a KVM or data center solution definitely keep this in mind, and if staying VGA is an option it may save you some headache in terms of finding hardware and keeping within your budget.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Finding a Server KVM Switch - What to Pick?

IF you are looking for a server KVM switch, whether it be for your Data Center or your home office or whatever it may be, it is important to know the details of the server kvm switch you choose. There are a lot of options out there and in this economy sometimes people make choices that may save them some money but in reality they are just creating hassle for themselves.

A server KVM switch could have to handle multiple platforms of KVMs, such as Sun boxes, Linux boxes, Windows boxes etc. Not properly planning and just picking any server kvm switch can leave you with A sun with no pipe key or a unix with a resolution that wont display. Also when speaking of emulating keyboard and mouse signals back to the host PC it is important to keep platforms in mind.

Also when choosing a server KVM switch you should make sure you leave yourself room for expansion. Daisy chaining (Cascading) server kvm switches can be a pain and you should think down the line about expanding your data center and having a server KVM switch ready to handle the load.

One last thing when dealing with server kvm switches is make sure you can find someone who will sell you something AND support it. Don't get stuck buying some cheapo switch and realize that there is no tech support and its failure rate isn't something out of this world. That will save you some serious down time and hassle and you will be satisfied with your KVM switch purpose.