KVM switches are used to connect users to their computers. There are many types of KVM switches to meet a wide variety of customer needs. Here are the major questions to consider:
Here’s some quick advice. If you want point-to-point access to a single computer, then look into KVM Extension. If you have a few computers in close proximity, then a Desktop Switch may be right for you. If you have a small server room or lab within 1000 feet of the users, then look into Analog Matrix Switches. KVM-over-IP Switches provide flexible, local and multi-user IP access of 8 to 64 computers, that scales to thousands of computers via Raritan’s Centralized Access and Management System.
The table below summarizes the types of KVM switches, from enterprise wide IP access to the extension of a single computer. Look at the Typical Applications column for the type that best matches your application.
The table below further explains the types of remote access available with the corresponding Raritan products. Click on a Raritan product for more information.
|Type of KVM Switches||Overview||Typical Applications||User to Computer Distance||Raritan Products|
|Centralized Access & Management System||Centralized IP access to hundreds or thousands of servers across multiple locations||Scales to world-wide, enterprise access for hundreds of users and tens of thousands of servers||Unlimited distances via LAN, WAN, Internet||CommandCenter Secure Gateway
|KVM-over-IP||Scalable family of KVM-over-IP switches from 1 user/8 ports to 8 users/64 ports.||IP-based remote access for small labs to the largest, enterprise data centers via CommandCenter||At-the-rack access plus unlimited distances via LAN, WAN, Internet||Dominion KX III
|Analog Matrix||Scalable family of analog matrix switches from 1 to 8 users and 32 to 64 ports||Supports local access for small labs, server rooms and data centers||Up to 1000 foot distances||Paragon II MasterConsole CAT|
|Desktop||Supports a single user accessing 2 to 16 servers per switch||Desktop or lab use. Can cascade switches to access hundreds of servers||5 to 50 foot distances||CompuSwitch
|KVM Extension||Point-to-point access of a single computer. Scales to access from multiple locations.||Extended access to a single computer from one or more locations.||Up to 500 feet. Can daisy chain via Ethernet switches for longer distances||Cat5 Reach DVI|
The final table provides detailed information on each Raritan product family, specifying the distances, cabling and the number of users/computers supported. Click on the Raritan product to view the product spec sheet.
|Centralized Access & Management System||