KVM over IP Explained

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KVM-over-IP access technology extends keyboard, video and mouse (KVM) signals from any computer or server over TCP/IP via a LAN, WAN or internet connection. Through this KVM-over-IP (KVMoIP) connection, remote users can access and control a number of servers simultaneously from wherever they are — inside or outside the organization or anywhere in the world. This technology works in diverse hardware environments and is ideal for managing multi-location data centers and branch offices.

High-performance KVM solutions offer maximum security, flexibility and reliability for your network. From a single screen, keyboard and mouse, you can access all your computers no matter where they are located. You can switch instantly between applications and carry out multiple functions in quick succession with no delay. KVM over IP delivers better content faster for a range of applications, including broadcasting and control rooms.

If you have a smaller system, it is easy and cost effective to upgrade to IP-based KVM. If you have a larger system, you can "cap" your existing system and "grow" it with a new IP-based KVM platform.

Still unsure if KVM over IP can benefit you?

Here are eight reasons to switch to IP-based KVM.

8 Advantages of Using KVM over IP:

1. Remotely Access Computers and Software

Take control of all remote computers, servers and virtual machines on your LAN or WAN by connecting your KVM switches over your existing IP network. KVM over IP combines the advantages of remote access software with the benefits of KVM switching technology. Like most KVM switches, KVMoIP products don't require any software to be loaded on the host computers. They interface directly with the keyboard, monitor and mouse connectors of the host computer or KVM switch. The KVM-over-IP switch digitizes the incoming video signal and processes it into digital data that is communicated to a viewer program running on a remote client computer over a LAN/WAN or the public internet.

2. Gain Network Flexibility

Design your network architecture based on your needs and applications, not on your physical location. With KVM over IP, you can put your servers and end devices anywhere without running cable for a direct connection. Instead, you can use a point-to-point KVM extender or add multiple endpoints to form a switched matrix.

3. Scale Your Network As It Grows

With KVM-over-IP switches, you can connect to an almost unlimited number of endpoints. Include hundreds or even thousands of users and devices on one unified system. It is easy to scale up as you grow by adding transmitters and receivers.

4. Save Money

Digital KVM technology uses your existing network, so you don't have to invest in new dedicated switching devices, cabling and the labor to set up separate infrastructure. Additionally, KVM over IP enables a remote user to effortlessly move files from a mass storage device — a USB flash drive or CD-ROM drive, for instance — from their location to the computer on which you're working. So, cost savings are also realized through reduced downtime and less travel. These capabilities translate into substantial savings for companies having to deal with the proliferation of servers in many offices, particularly for corporations and government agencies required to deliver 24/7 uptime and real-time access to mission-critical servers 365 days a year.

5. Remotely Access Both Computers and Virtual Machines Simultaneously

Connect to a mix of virtualized and traditional servers using the Emerald SE KVM-over-IP Switching solution. With KVM-over-IP technology, you can make a gradual transition to virtualized computing. This system requires low bandwidth, making it suitable for deployment across your LAN or WAN architectures. Migrate from desktop to virtual computing without sacrificing performance. IP-based KVM solutions provide support for back-racked PCs and virtual desktops.

6. Save Space

Moving to cloud computing can save space, reduce heat and noise and allow for maintenance to happen behind the scenes. With digital KVM, you can locate computers in a secure location and connect to them via Emerald SE units mounted on the back of the monitor.

7. Ensure Real-Time Low Latency Image Streaming

Stream HD video and audio with low latency and minimum bandwidth. Using high-performance KVM solutions, even full HD video can be distributed anywhere in your network without losing quality.

8. Remote Networking Management with BIOS access

KVM over IP enables you to access remote servers at the BIOS level, which is important when you need to troubleshoot off-site and don't want to a dispatch a technician. It also lets you install or recover software applications and install OS patches from your location anywhere in the world. Plus, this BIOS-level control is possible regardless of the server's brand or model and even works if the operating system is down. By addressing network issues from a remote location, you can simply manage issues from your desk, saving you from the hassle of traveling to a site in the middle of the night.

Visit our KVM Switching and Extension page to learn more about our full range of solutions, including Emerald SE KVM over IP and Boxilla® Centralized KVM Management System that lets you efficiently monitor and manage your KVM network from anywhere.

Watch the video to learn more about scalable signal extension & switching with Emerald SE.


Download the Switching to Digital KVM Guide to learn how to cap and grow your system or make a complete upgrade

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