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Raritan Introduces KVM Switches with Integrated 17-inch LCD Display and Unique 'Cat5 Simplicity' Cables for Easy Server Management

September 29, 2009

- Flexible configurations for secure consolidated server access when working at the rack and for ‘lights-out’ server rooms -

SOMERSET, N.J. (September 28, 2009) - Raritan today added two new cost-effective KVM (keyboard, video, mouse) switches to its server management product line targeted at small and midsize server rooms and data centers.  Featuring an easy-to-view, built-in 17-inch industrial display, the new TMCAT17 LCD KVM switch controls multiple servers from a single console—giving administrators added flexibility on where and how they work to setup, administer and maintain rack-mounted servers.

“The 8-port and 16-port TMCAT17 models are the perfect solutions for affordable, centralized management of multi-platform servers,” said Hugo Lin, Product Manager at Raritan.  “They save time and streamline server management by eliminating the need to run from server rack to rack.  Our new switches provide more options to administrators.”

Two users can conduct simultaneous and independent KVM sessions with the new TMCAT17 LCD KVM switch.  One user can access and troubleshoot multiple servers using the TMCAT17’s LCD console that is integrated in the 1U rack-mounted switch. The second user can be located further away using an optional workstation connected to the TMCAT17, using Cat5 cable.  The workstation—which can be placed up to 650 feet from the KVM switch without degrading video quality—could be placed in an IT administrator’s office, for example, or another location for lights-out access to IT equipment. 

For fast and easy connections to servers, TMCAT17 LCD KVM provides Cat5 Simplicity™ cables—which are fixed-length Cat5 UTP cable with CIMs (Computer Interface Modules) for connecting servers within 20 feet of the switch. 

The TMCAT17 delivers BIOS-level control—even if the target server’s operating system is not responding—and enhanced security through a direct KVM network connection.  Another benefit of KVM centralized management is the elimination of extra keyboards, monitors and mice - which helps reduce room clutter and saves in rack space and power consumption.  TMCAT17’s “keep-alive” technology allows users to add, remove and hot swap components without interruption to the live servers. 

The new switches deliver high video resolution of up to 1280 x 1024 and multi-language keyboard support, including English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Chinese and Japanese.

Two Available Models

The two-user TMCAT1728 model supports up to eight servers simultaneously, and the two-user TMCAT17216 supports up to 16 servers.  Both units can scale to support up to 256 servers, by using the cascading capabilities of Raritan’s MasterConsole® CAT series.

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About Raritan (

Raritan is a proven innovator of power management, infrastructure management, KVM and serial solutions for data centers of all sizes.  In more than 50,000 locations worldwide, Raritan’s award-winning hardware and software solutions—including intelligent PDUs, energy management software, KVM-over-IP and Serial-over-IP access products—provide IT and facility directors, managers and administrators with the control they need to increase power management efficiency, improve data center productivity and enhance branch office operations.  Based in Somerset, N.J., Raritan has offices worldwide serving 76 countries.  For more information, visit

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