KVM Switching Steps Back to Move Ahead - Page 2

 By Jim Freund
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Sometimes you need to take a step back to go forward. Avocent's latest series, DSR, allows you control the servers at the rack in the Network Operating Center (NOC), in addition to the 'anywhere, anytime' concept of their celebrated KVM over IP methodology. This new series of network appliances provides connections for up to 16 servers. When connected with Avocent's DSRIQ cable, each appliance significantly reduces clutter in the back of the rack with its efficient design for CAT 5 cables.

The appliances are controlled using DSView, a Windows application that provides control through a GUI of any connected device, using TCP/IP Ethernet connections and DES encryption. In this manner, control for multiple servers and network devices can be achieved through a single Windows interface.

As for the future, the rumor mill has it that there will be a browser-based, platform agnostic interface ere long, as well as Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) capabilities for identifying and utilizing other network assets.

Estimated prices for the new DSR series range from $3,500 to $7,000 for the switches. The DSView software begins at $750. There are also low-end switches for as few as two computers that are suitable for SOHOs and smaller businesses.

Jim Freund is the Managing Editor of CrossNodes.

This article was originally published on Dec 12, 2001
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