In data control centers, remote server control is a daily task for operators, as they usually need to access files or data from remote computers with their local console. KVM over IP products adopt internet protocol to transmit information from point A to point B, converting the signal into packets and distributing them via standard network switches. They provide better scalability over traditional KVM extension technology.
What is KVM over IP?
KVM stands for keyboard, video (monitor) and mouse. The KVM over IP technology extends KVM signals from any computer or server over TCP/IP via a LAN, WAN, or Internet connection. Thus, remote users can simultaneously access and control a number of servers from wherever they are.
High-efficiency KVM solutions offer your network maximum security, flexibility and reliability. From just a single monitor, keyboard and mouse, you can access all your computers wherever they are located — in another room or another building. Also, you can instantly switch between applications and carry out multiple functions with almost no delay. KVM over IP delivers content faster for wide applications, like broadcasting and control centers.
What are the advantages of using KVM over IP?
First and foremost, a KVM over IP solution allows you to access your computers and software remotely. It combines the advantages of remote access software with the benefits of KVM switching technology. You can easily control all remote computers and servers on your LAN by connecting your KVM switches over your existing IP network.
Secondly, KVM over IP lets you gain network flexibility and scales your network as it grows. You can design your network architecture according to your needs and applications, rather than on your physical location. Also, you can connect to an almost unlimited number of endpoints. It is convenient to scale up as you probably need to add more transmitters or receivers.
Thirdly, KVM over IP helps you avoid extra costs and save money. You don’t have to invest in new dedicated switching devices, cabling and the labor to set up separate infrastructure, as it uses your existing network.
Last but not least, it ensures real-time low latency image streaming. It is able to stream HD video and audio with low latency and minimum bandwidth. With high-performance KVM solutions, even full HD video can be distributed to anywhere in your network without losing quality.
Where are KVM over IP solutions used?
KVM over IP solutions can be used in various applications to enable KVM extending and switching. The scenarios include industrial control rooms, military and defense command centers, airport management, transportation, emergency dispatch centers, post-production, broadcast, education, healthcare, government, etc.
KVM Extender vs. Digital KVM Extender (KVM Over IP)
A KVM extender lets you to extend the distance between your console (keyboard, monitor, mouse and other peripherals) and your computer. Generally speaking, there are two kinds of KVM extenders: standard CATx/Fiber and KVM Over IP.
A standard CATx/Fiber KVM extender enables you to extend the distance between a local computer and a console via a CATx or fiber cable. It is ideal for local point-to-point or simple local point-to-multipoint applications. However, they are limited in features, security and access methods.
A digital KVM extender (KVM Over IP extender) is the most versatile extender, as it allows you to access your computer or server over the internet with varying degrees of options and security. It can be used to access a single server or a whole data center. There is a large number of devices to control in data center or server room environments. In some workspaces, there are mission critical servers that need to be accessed out of the office. In these two scenarios, KVM over IP are frequently used.