Managing Servers Efficiently with Rackmount KVM Consoles


by iTech Company


For those who want to connect to multiple computers or those systems engineers who need to check their network of computers from a remote location, Rackmount KVM Consoles provide an ultimate solution. Such devices offer flexibility and control over systems that were previously thought unmanageable. With this, you are able to cut down significantly on cabling and maximize the space available. Let’s take a look at this type of product and its advantages.


What is a Rackmount KVM Console?


A Rackmount KVM Console is a space-saving and cost-effective solution which composed of a keyboard, mouse, LCD and a KVM switch integrated into drawer. It is a sliding drawer that is mounted in a server rack which occupies either 1U or 2U space. Most of these devices have a flip up design of the LCD, eliminating the use of bulky monitors and thereby, saves space in the compact environment rack.


With regards to its support on its peripherals, it is available in PS2 and USB variants while there are some models may differ on the types of systems that they connect to. Various video connections are also supported by these devices including VGA, DVI, HDMI, Composite RCA or BNC and S-Video. There are also some rackmount keyboard drawers that are equipped with specific features such as sunlight readability function.


Meanwhile, these units follow the TCP, UDP, IP, ARP, ICMP, HTTP/HTTPS, Telnet, DHCP/BOOTP, PPP, SMTP, DNS, NTP, Dynamic DNS protocols. The KVM switches can be an 8, 16 or 32 port that is integrated into the rear of the metal frame. Various operating systems are also being supported while the LCD monitor sizes typically range between 17" and 20".


Advantages of Using Rackmount KVM Console


Manage Multiple Servers

By combining Rackmount LCD with KVM switches, you can now manage up to 64 servers with only 2-inches of space used in your rack or cabinet. Such system provides you a space-saving solution as it eliminates the need to connect a dedicated mouse, keyboard and monitor to each server. Take note that for each KVM switch, you can control of up to 8 servers and it only requires a single mouse, keyboard, and monitor to be connected to the switch. If you are going to daisy chain up to 8 switches together, you can now control up to 64 servers with a single Rackmount LCD unit.


For each port boot up process, these drawers have also built-in microprocessor emulation. You don’t have to power down the switch or PCs whenever there’s another PC that needs to be connected or removed for maintenance purposes.


Excellent Remote Management Solution

Today, there are already KVM devices that can communicate using TCP/IP, providing a very effective wireless server management solution. With such device, you are able to the server on your server management network by using a separate IP management network. You can do this with a web browser, facilitated by the KVM switch and Rack LCD over IP.


For secure data transmission, the communications are being encrypted. With the IP version of such server management devices, it allows you to manage the server of up to 120 feet (40 meters) of distance between the switch. You’ll just need inexpensive CAT5e/Cat6 cables to connect to the switch. With this system, you are able to significantly reduce the space in server rooms. The use of Rackmount LCD and KVM switch also allows you to manage multiple server systems.


At iTech Company, we offer a range of Rackmount KVM LCD solutions for a convenient and rack-mounted control options to manage your network of computers. With the advanced features and high quality of our products, you are able to manage efficiently your servers and access your valuable and sensitive information. Contact us for more info of our products.