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Emerald® - 4K and HD KVM over IP Matrix Switching and Extension

Introducing Unified KVM

Emerald® is an award winning KVM matrix switching system that delivers pixel-perfect HD or 4K video over a dedicated or existing IP network. It allows reliable extension and switching of video (DisplayPort or DVI), transparent USB 2.0 and bi-directional analog audio signals across any combination and number of physical and virtual desktops and servers. Easily access both physical and virtual servers with support for VMware® and Microsoft® virtualization solutions, using PCoIP, RemoteFX and RDP 8.1. The Emerald Remote App turns any Windows 10 device into a software KVM receiver - without the need for additional hardware. Emerald delivers superior value, lowering your costs of ownership and saving your IT investments.

Emerald Unified KVM Features

  • Remote Computer and Server Access

    Access and manage an unlimited number of servers, PCs, and virtual machines from any location and share resources such as hardware and licenses across a dedicated KVM network, an existing IP network, or even the internet.

  • 4K over IP KVM Matrix Switching

    High performance, secure extension and switching of 4K60 (DisplayPort 1.2) and HD (DVI) video, transparent USB 2.0 and bidirectional analog audio.

  • Remote BIOS-level Access

    Benefit from BIOS-level access to troubleshoot, reconfigure, reboot and power cycle servers remotely.

  • Remote Virtual Machine Access and VM Sharing

    Provide access to virtual machines, such as Vmware® and Microsoft® over RDP 8.1 or PCoIP (Ultra), to lower IT costs. Let multiple users access simultaneously the same virtual machine.

 

Emerald Unified KVM Benefits

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Futureproof and
Scalable KVM

Start with HD and add 4K at your own pace. Scale a small point-to-point extension up to an enterprise KVM matrix of unlimited endpoints by adding additional receivers/transmitters.

Network
Resilience

Designed with 24/7/365 critical applications in mind, Emerald 4K and Emerald PE are configurable with redundant network paths via SFP(+) ports (fiber or copper) for fail-safe operation. Supports complete switchover to a backup control room location.

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True
USB Emulation

True USB emulation, supporting USB HID devices, X-Keys, USB push buttons, Wacom® tablets, USB mass storage, and other high-speed USB 2.0 devices.

Remote Access to
Virtual Machines

Enable multiple users to access any number of physical and virtual servers and desktops. Support for VMware® and Microsoft®, using PCoIP Ultra, PCoIP, RDP 8.1, and RemoteFX.

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Pixel-perfect 4K
and HD Video

Extend and switch HD and 4K video. Adjust compression in five steps up to pixel-perfect image transmission — every pixel visualized at 60 fps with 10-bit color depth.

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KVM Software
Receiver

Use the Emerald Remote App to turn any Windows 10 device into a software KVM receiver. Connect to multiple transmitters and virtual machines simultaneously and from everywhere.

Emerald Remote App For Microsoft Windows® 10/11

The Emerald Remote App is a new KVM software receiver that enables remote computer access to both physical and virtual machines from any Windows 10 device. The Remote App increases mobility, device access and monitoring on your Emerald System and delivers a full HD video desktop experience up to 40 fps from multiple connections that can be launched simultaneously. This facilitates device management and access to your Emerald KVM network from anywhere you want.

  • Supports HD video up to 1920 x 1200 and provides access to both physical and virtual machines over an IP network or WAN connections
  • Open connections to multiple devices simultaneously
  • Licence-based access authenticated by the Boxilla® KVM Network Manager in real time, ensuring the Emerald administrator has full control (view licence options)
 
 

(1) Boxilla KVM Manager is required for demo purposes

Emerald GE PCoIP Ultra Gateway

Emerald® GE is a new unique solution, which leverages cutting-edge PCoIP® Ultra technology to enable users to access the cloud or a virtual machine just as they would a physical system. Because the gateway can be implemented across multiple receivers, users can access virtual machines in a shared model rather than a conventional single-user (point-to-point) model.  With extremely low bandwidth requirements, the system supports secure, high-definition, and highly-responsive remote access over a LAN or WAN.

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Industry Applications

Case Studies Featuring Emerald KVM

Emerald KVM Optimizes Workflows and Increases Productivity at Swiss Broadcasting Company

Oct 26, 2020, 12:20 PM
With the new Emerald KVM-over-IP solution installed, video and graphic editors can access all of the critical computers stored in the building’s data centers from their workstations, which has optimized workflows and increased productivity.
Title : Emerald KVM Optimizes Workflows and Increases Productivity at Swiss Broadcasting Company
Company : Swiss Broadcasting Company
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Challenge

A Swiss broadcasting organization needed a DisplayPort KVM matrix switching system that could enable their video and graphic editors to access computers located in data centers all throughout their headquarters. The system had to be able to extend KVM signals to and from each data center. It also needed to support IP-based signal distribution so the organization could use it with their existing LAN infrastructure. Last, the solution had to support the 2560 x 1600 video resolution that their displays currently use.

The organization contacted Black Box because they had heard of our Emerald® KVM-over-IP system and believed it could meet their needs. On top of their interest in Emerald, the customer came to us because we have worked with them for many years and have helped them with other projects in the past. After talking with us, the customer requested a proof of concept (POC) Emerald solution so that they could test it before making a decision.

Solution

Black Box created a KVM matrix switching solution with Emerald 4K and Emerald PE because they can extend KVM signals up to 100 meters over CATx or even farther over an IP or WAN connection. Further, these devices support KVM over IP, enabling the customer to leverage their existing LAN. Emerald 4K supports up to UHD 4K video, so it can easily output 2560 x 1600 video to the customer’s displays. On top of that, Emerald 4K features the DisplayPort input the customer was seeking for their new matrix switching solution. Emerald’s reliability and flexibility also offer exceptional KVM functionality that allows editors to do their jobs without tech-related interruptions. In addition to the Emerald units, Black Box added the Boxilla® KVM Manager to the solution so the customer could monitor and control their entire KVM system from an intuitive command center dashboard.

Results

After rigorous testing of the proof of concept Emerald KVM solution Black Box built, the organization decided to deploy the system. The customer then installed and configured the solution, and Black Box provided exceptional technical support throughout the entire process. With the new Emerald KVM-over-IP solution installed, video and graphic editors can access all of the critical computers stored in the building’s data wcenters from their workstations, which has optimized workflows and increased productivity. And, since editors do not have to leave their desks to access multiple PCs, they are now more comfortable throughout their entire workday, making them happier and more motivated. The Emerald solution’s support for 2560 x 1600 video provides editors with the clear picture quality they need to edit images, graphics, and videos professionally. The Boxilla KVM Manager makes it simple for IT technicians to manage the entire KVM system from an easy-to-use dashboard interface, ensuring the solution is fully operational at all times.

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  • Boxilla
  • Broadcast & Media
  • Emerald 4K
  • Emerald PE
  • Europe
  • KVM Matrix Switching
  • Media Production
  • Pixel Perfect
  • System Scalability
  • TPS
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Emerald Use Cases

Network Application

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Application diagram: Emerald IP-based KVM matrix switching application.

Multiple Site Application

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Application diagram: Emerald KVM matrix connecting a control room and a backup site.

Resilient KVM Networks

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Application diagram: Emerald KVM transmitters and receivers providing redundant network paths in case of failure.

Virtual Machine Connectivity

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Application diagram: Remote, high-speed access to virtual machines, supporting Vmware®, Microsoft® and Citrix®.

Emerald Remote App

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Application diagram: Emerald Remote App installed on a laptop connected to Emerald Transmitters and a virtual machine via Boxilla.

Emerald Product Comparison

FeatureEmerald 4KEmerald PEEmerald SEEmerald ZeroU TXEmerald Remote App
Max Video Resolution4096 x 2160 at 60Hz (DisplayPort 1.2)1920 x 1200 at 60Hz (DVI)1920 x 1200 at 60Hz
Video QualityPixel perfectVisually losslessHigh quality ~35fps
Dual Network PortsYes, (2) SFP+Yes, (1) SFP, (1) CATxNo, (1) CATx-
Peripheral SupportAll USB 2.0 devicesUSB HID only
VM SupportPCoIP, RDP/RemoteFXRDP/RemoteFXRDP/RemoteFX-RDP/RemoteFX
Bidirectional Analog Stereo Audio(Speaker only)-
System ScalabilityPoint-to-point extension up to unlimited KVM matrix

Emerald Product Portfolio

Associated Products

While Emerald is a one-of-a-kind solution that opens up the revolutionary new world of Unified KVM, the platform builds upon time-tested KVM technology evolved by Black Box since the early 1990s. Emerald works flawlessly with many popular Black Box product families, including: the DKM proprietary direct-connect KVM system; the Freedom II KM Switch for easy switching just by moving a mouse between screens; the ControlBridge® system for one-touch, multisystem control; and the award-winning Boxilla® KVM Manager.

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Freedom II
KM Switch

This 4 or 8 port USB KM Switch allows switching between up to 8 connected PCs by just moving your mouse from one screen to another. Compatible with all Emerald products.

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Controlbridge
Room Control Automation

Versatile touch-based multisystem room control processor. ControlBridge allows control room operators to switch between sources or whole room setups.

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