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KVM-over-IP switches support up to 8-16 servers

Posted: 22 Nov 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:KVM-over-IP switch? SMBs? remote server management?

Raritan Inc. has rolled a family of KVM-over-IP switches that is designed to meet the IT management needs and budgets of small to midsize businesses (SMBs). According to the company, the Dominion LX gives access to servers from anywhere on the network, enabling IT administrators to remotely troubleshoot, reconfigure and reboot servers.

The KVM solutions can support up to eight or 16 servers, and support one or two simultaneous remote users and one local user for unblocked server access. Multiple LX switches can be scaled to support up to 256 servers from a single console, added the company.

Unlike other KVM solutions in its price range, the Dominion LX has a modern browser-based UI, the company claimed. Raritan added that on top of what it touts as the industry's best-performing BIOS-level KVM-over-IP technology, it is loaded with remote server management features that give IT administrators the flexibility and capability to access and troubleshoot target servers from anywhereincreasing productivity and reducing travel time and cost. It also saves IT administrators' time when working in data centers by eliminating the need to run back and forth from rack to rack. Another benefit of KVM-over-IP server management is the elimination of extra keyboards, monitors and mice that helps reduce room clutter and saves in-rack space and power consumption, Raritan stated.


The DLX-108 supports one remote user session, one local user and up to eight servers.

The Dominion LX provides remote video resolution of (1920x1080) and Absolute Mouse Synchronization performance. Another productivity-enhancing feature that the LX offers is Universal Virtual Media that makes accessing storage media on remote servers convenient, Raritan said.�This feature can be used to install software, run hardware diagnostics, transfer files and re-image a server remotely.

The Dominion LX uses Raritan's next-generation, browser-based UI. To improve usability and productivity, the interface provides a consistent user experience whether working remotely or at the server rack, described the company. The LX also has a collaboration feature that enables eight users to connect to one server, promoting local and remote information sharing.

Raritan's offering yields security and encryption features including configurable strong password controls and 256bit AES encryption. It touts dual stack IPv6/IPv4 networking, port scanning and thumbnail views, emergency modem access and multiplatform support for Windows, Macintosh, Linux and Sun/Solaris.

Dominion LX's UI supports multiple languages: English, Japanese, simplified Chinese and traditional Chinese. As a plug-and-play 1U-sized KVM appliance, the Dominion LX installs in minutes, Raritan stated. All standard Dominion LX features, including authentication and Web access, are built into the unit and do not require the use of an additional server. Dominion LX interconnects with each server via standard Cat5 (UTP) cabling.

The Dominion LX is available and comes in three models: DLX-108 (one remote user session, one local user and up to eight servers), DLX-116 (one remote user session, one local user and up to 16 servers) and the DLX-216 (two remote user sessions, one local user and up to 16 servers.)

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