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Raritan Introduces Mobile KVM Access for Smartphones and Tablets to Manage Data Centers from Anywhere

Posted on July 6, 2011

—New release of Dominion® KX II delivers a number of industry firsts; First Smartphone/Tablet KVM-over-IP solution, in-browser KVM client, and end-to-end digital audio over IP—

SOMERSET, N.J. (July 6, 2011)—Raritan today introduced the first KVM-over-IP switch that enables the use of Smartphones and tablets to manage remote servers.  Using Apple iPhones® and iPads®, IT administrators on the go can obtain secure BIOS-level access to servers being managed by Raritan’s Dominion® KX II release 2.4 and CommandCenter®-Secure Gateway release 5.2.

Dominion KX’s Smartphone/Tablet KVM Access feature uses a browser-based mobile client, which simplifies remote access because no KVM client, or application, needs to be downloaded on devices.  With one click on a mobile device’s browser, IT administrators have immediate secure access to servers and can start performing diagnostics and other server management tasks. 

The new firmware for Dominion KX II also provides end-to-end Digital Audio over IP, another industry first for a multi-port KVM-over-IP switch.  With Digital Audio, IT administrators can now playback and record from remote audio applications, as well as manage these applications, anytime/anywhere.  This new feature will help IT administrators who monitor and maintain audio applications, such as VoIP (Skype), Software PBX, and Centralized Call Centers.  Customers in the broadcast/media industry also will benefit by using the feature to help manage Audio/Video applications, including Streaming Media, Web Casting, Video Teleconferencing, Digital Signage, Internet TV (iTV), Video Editing and Production, TV Production, and Operation Centers.

Unlike other KVM audio solutions that rely on analog audio from the remote server, the KX II provides end-to-end digital audio, from the remote server right to the user’s desktop.  Bidirectional Digital Audio is supported in a similar manner to the Dominion KX II’s Universal Virtual Media feature—which enables remote installation of software, file transfers, data backup, and diagnostics on servers, including those running Linux and Mac OS. 

Another data center productivity feature introduced today is AutoScan for flexible viewing of multiple servers.  Users select the server ports to be scanned and scanning interval, and the Dominion KX screen shows a new Viewing Window with thumbnail views of the selected servers.  Double-clicking on a thumbnail launches a KVM client session for that server. 

“Fast, secure, and reliable access to data center servers is what our enterprise-class Dominion KX II solution is all about,” said Richard Dominach, Senior Product Manager at Raritan.  “Raritan continues to invest in developing innovative KVM-over-IP solutions, such as Mobile KVM, to help our customers.  As a result, the Dominion KX II is a market leader in the United States and we are seeing great interest in our solutions in other areas, such as Asia Pacific and Japan.  With Release 2.4 we are delivering localized user interfaces for the Dominion KX that support the Chinese and Japanese languages.”

About Dominion KX II
Raritan’s extensive Dominion KX II portfolio, ranging from one port to 64 ports, helps IT teams manage more—servers, locations, technology platforms, applications—with fewer resources.  The KX II stands out in many areas:

• Provides the industry’s highest remote HD video resolution (1920 x1080 pixels).
• Unique Absolute Mouse Synchronization feature eliminates time-consuming extra steps to adjust mouse settings for each target server.
• First KVM switch to use a FIPS 140-2 validated encryption module.  For additional security or compliance measures, Raritan offers smart card-authentication security with the Dominion KX II Smart Card Reader Solution.
• Controls power to servers with optional remote power strips. 
• For reliability, dual LAN & dual power are standard on all models.
• All Dominion KX II models are CommandCenter Secure Gateway Certified so that multiple Dominion switches and connected servers can be managed from one IP address.

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 rack 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 customers in 76 countries.  Visit us at Raritan.com or follow us on the Raritan blog.  Raritan is an active member of the Green Grid, Climate Savers Computing Initiative, and the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design associations.  The company was recognized by the EPA for its contribution to the agency’s data center initiative.

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