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Analog and Digital Video Interface Standards in Single Switch

Posted on June 12, 2012

Simultaneous support for analog VGA and digital DVI, HDMI, and DisplayPort video interfaces helps manage wider range of IT equipment

Capelle aan den IJssel, the Netherlands (12 June 2012) — Raritan today announced that its Dominion® KX II KVM-over-IP switches are the first to support multiple video interface standards simultaneously; enabling IT administrators to access and control an even wider range of servers, PCs, workstations, video cards, and other devices in data centers, labs and branch offices. 

Unlike other enterprise KVM-over-IP switches that only support analog VGA-video, the Dominion KX II supports both analog (VGA) and digital video (DVI, HDMI, and DisplayPort) through a single KVM-over-IP switch.  Supporting multiple video interfaces will become increasingly important as the industry moves away from VGA towards new digital video interfaces.  Major manufacturers—such as Intel, AMD, Dell, Lenovo and Apple—are expected to begin phasing out support for VGA and DVI-I, and replacing them with newer technologies, such as DisplayPort and HDMI. 

Along with today’s introduction of the Dominion KX II Release 2.5, new CIMs (Computer Interface Modules)—which connect servers’ keyboard, video and mouse ports to a Dominion KX II switch—were introduced for DVI, HDMI, and DisplayPort video technologies.  Raritan’s Dominion KX II solution eliminates the need for expensive and, sometimes unreliable, digital-to-analog adapters needed in competitive KVM switches. Moreover, Raritan’s solution eliminates the cost of cabling and power required with adapters. 

“Our customers now have the flexibility of managing from one console all their servers and devices, whether they have DVI, HDMI or DisplayPort video interfaces; and, without the expense or encumbrance of digital-to-analog adapters,” said Richard Dominach, Senior Product Manager at Raritan.  “The enterprise-class Dominion KX II continues to set the bar high for simplifying the management of heterogeneous IT infrastructures and in protecting equipment investments.”

The new CIMs can be used with existing Dominion KX II models and with Raritan’s CommandCenter® Secure Gateway appliance.  All that is required is a firmware upgrade.

Release 2.5 of Dominion KX II also provides support for servers with Dual Video Cards.  This is important for applications that require the use of an extended remote desktop via dual monitors.

Dominion KX II Release 2.5 and the three new digital video CIMS—D2CIM-DVUSB-DVI, D2CIM-DVUSB-HDMI and D2CIM-DVUSB-DP—are available worldwide starting today.
Visit www.raritan.eu/broadcast-kvm/ for more information.

About Dominion KX II
The Dominion KX II is a KVM-over-IP switch designed for customers requiring secure server access from anywhere. A productivity boost to data centers, labs and IT operations throughout the world, the Dominion KX II switch enables multiple IT administrators—remote and local users—to access and control multiple servers.  The KX II provides BIOS-level access, so that all servers are always accessible—even if a server’s operating system is not working.  The KX II also enables remote installation of software, file transfers, data backup and diagnostics with its Universal Virtual Media feature, and can control power to servers with optional remote power distribution units.  It provides the industry’s best High Definition (HD) remote video resolution (1920 x1080 pixels) and multi-monitor support.

Raritan’s extensive Dominion KX II portfolio, ranging from one port to 64 ports, helps IT teams and lab managers securely manage more—servers, locations, technology platforms, applications—with fewer resources and increased productivity.

About Raritan (Raritan.eu)
Raritan is a proven innovator of power management, infrastructure management, KVM and serial solutions for data centers and labs 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; DCIM software solutions to effectively manage data center capacity, assets and change;  and KVM-over-IP and Serial-over-IP access products—provide IT, lab and facility directors, managers and administrators with the control they need to increase power management efficiency, improve data center and lab productivity and enhance branch office operations.  Based in Somerset, N.J., Raritan has offices worldwide serving customers in 76 countries.  Visit us at Raritan.eu 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 has been recognized by the EPA for its contribution to the agency’s data center initiative.

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