-- New Universal KVM Client Supports Windows, Linux, Sun/Solaris and Mac Environments; Enhanced Virtual KVM Desktop Delivers Being-There Performance --SOMERSET, N.J. (September 19, 2005)
-- Raritan — a leading provider of solutions for managing IT infrastructure — today introduced the Universal KVM Client™ and Virtual KVM Desktop™ for its Dominion® KX remote management switches that deliver a remote management experience that is virtually indistinguishable from an "at-the-rack" session.
Based on a number of Raritan technology innovations -- including full-screen video, Transparent Keyboard Handling and fast video switching -- the Virtual KVM Desktop provides an easy-to-use interface that delivers high performance no matter if the server is local or remote. With the Dominion KX's Transparent Keyboard Handling, for example, almost all user keystrokes are sent to the target server and not processed by the desktop client -- obviating the need for most keyboard macros and enabling the user to interact seamlessly with the target server.
Also, routine and repetitive system administrative tasks — such as uploading software patches, troubleshooting applications, adding authorized users and checking disk usage — can be performed the same way, no matter where the server is located. The Virtual KVM Desktop enables administrators to use the same administrative routines and keystrokes used to manage servers at the rack for managing servers that are remote; this eliminates the need to learn new procedures or add time-consuming steps.
Additional management flexibility is delivered by the Dominion's new Universal KVM Client, which supports Windows®, Linux®, Sun®/SolarisTM and Mac® environments, as well as most major browsers, including Firefox, Internet Explorer, MozillaTM and Netscape®. With the Dominion KX, IT administrators are able to use their preferred combination of operating system and browser to troubleshoot, reconfigure, reboot and power cycle target servers.
For remote collaboration, the Dominion KX features a PC Share Mode that allows up to eight remote users to view the same server simultaneously, while one user has non-blocked access through the Dominion KXs local console port.
"The enhancements that we are introducing today for the Dominion KX are designed to give systems administrators, who spend hours at a time managing servers, easy-to-use and intuitive management tools," said Richard Moscioni, Raritan Vice President, Sales -- Americas. "The Dominion KX delivers a user experience that makes it almost impossible to differentiate whether you are in front of a server or sitting hundreds of miles away from the server rack."
"We are driven to provide companies with the best tools to manage their IT infrastructure, so that they can maximize operations uptime and drive down systems management costs," added Moscioni. "The new Dominion KX's new Universal KVM Client and Virtual KVM Desktop provide IT administrators with more options and features to securely and cost-effectively access and manage their IT infrastructure equipment without having to leave their desks."
The new Dominion KX Release 1.3 is available worldwide through Raritan's extensive distribution channel. Existing Dominion KX customers can upgrade free of charge to Release 1.3 by downloading the new firmware from Raritan's Web site — http://www.raritan.com/support/sup_upgrades.aspx
Award-Winning Dominion Series
Dominion products continue to score awards and industry recognition. Recent awards include the highest score in a comparative KVM-over-IP review in InfoWorld, Best KVM-over-IP switch from Network Computing (Germany), and "Test Center Recommended" rating for both the Dominion KX and Dominion SX from CRN. Other publications that have bestowed awards upon the KX include ZDNet's Technology & Business magazine in Australia, Information Week in China, UKs PC Pro magazine and the U.S. based Service Provider Weekly, which gave the KX its Editor's Choice award.
For enterprise-wide access and control, hundreds of Dominion KX switches, Paragon® analog KVM switches and Dominion SX serial console servers can be aggregated onto a single command-and-control network with Raritan's CommandCenter® Secure Gateway appliance. CommandCenter Secure Gateway is the only solution that integrates both digital and analog KVM switches and serial-over-IP console servers into a single network with a single sign-on to a single IP address. CommandCenter Secure Gateway provides users and administrators the ability to define criteria to be used in sorting, viewing, accessing and managing devices, so remote maintenance and repair can be performed even quicker and more efficiently.