Redesigning IP KVM Devices for the Era of Non-Stop Digital Growth

Aman Khan •

Remote monitoring and management (RMM) is powering the future of work. Enterprise data center, IT, and infrastructure teams can be located anywhere, overseeing distributed computing resources that run their digital business and enable their hybrid workforce.

In healthcare, IT teams oversee technology at hospitals and clinics that supports critical operations, such as patient telemedicine sessions. In banking, IT staff may manage technology such as ATM machines, that they reimage and update to provide customers with anytime access to cash. And IT teams at any enterprise may monitor branch offices, where technology enables local service delivery to community businesses and residents.

Keyboard, video, and mouse (KVM) devices are the workhorses of IT management. They provide easy, single-point access to remote devices and system data, without compromising the health or security of devices. As such, they provide enable teams to flexibly manage a large infrastructure footprint, without the need to switch devices. IT teams can thus use KVMs to access and control hundreds and thousands of servers across data centers and edge sites alike.

When a Traditional KVM Doesn’t Meet Remote IT Management Requirements

However, teams may have needs that aren’t well-served by traditional KVMs. They may require a device that’s more flexible and cost-effective to support growing IT management needs. That’s why Vertiv is proud to announce the launch of Vertiv™ Avocent® ADX IPIQ KVM devices. Designed to work with the Vertiv™ Avocent® Ecosystem, Avocent IPIQ KVM devices provide secure remote access and management capabilities, improved compression, and end-to-end encryption of all session traffic.

Here's how Avocent IPIQ KVM devices support enterprise data teams as they seek to streamline IT management duties:

  • Managing more equipment in more locations: In addition to managing the core, data center and IT teams are managing edge sites that typically aren’t nearby. However, these edge sites may be used for mission-critical duties, such as delivering streaming media, enabling advanced industry use cases such as augmented or virtual reality, or
    performing data analytics. As a result, ensuring high availability is critical.

    Data center and IT teams could buy an oversized KVM appliance – or use Avocent IPIQ IP KVM, which has a much smaller form factor as a dongle. Avocent IPIQ IP KVM device provides plug and play connectivity, enabling teams to quickly gain BIOS-level access to remote devices, commission servers, and take instant action without needing to visit sites. Teams can also share sessions with other staff members to solve IT problems collaboratively and use the secondary LAN port to support service processor management. By so doing, they can ensure the high availability of all the data centers and edge sites they manage.

  • Benefitting from higher throughput: Appliance-based KVM devices provide limited processing capacity due to field-programmable gate array (FPGA) constraints. That means that appliance-based devices cap the number of users who can perform simultaneous actions.

    Avocent IPIQ IP KVM devices have no such limitations because their compute power is located in the dongle itself. Thus, more users can launch sessions simultaneously, enabling IT teams to be more productive.

  • Gaining a fit-for-purpose solution that’s budget-friendly: While KVMs are an industry standard, they can be costly. Teams buy appliance-based devices with anywhere from eight to 32 ports, which they may not need.

    Avocent IPIQ IP KVM devices enable teams to scale up incrementally. They can buy a single dongle, putting it to work where needed. Alternatively, they can buy hundreds at a time to standardize infrastructure management across data center and edge sites. These devices are also easier on IT budgets, costing about a third of the price of an eight-port appliance. Equally importantly, they provide teams with greater flexibility, due to their small factor and versatility.

  • Harnessing the benefits of an ecosystem: Avocent IPIQ IP KVM devices are designed to work with Vertiv™ Avocent® ADX Ecosystem. The Avocent ADX Ecosystem is a vendor-neutral platform that teams can use to access and manage all their devices, including firewalls, routers, servers, service processors, storage devices, switches, and virtual machines. Flexible and extensible, Avocent ADX Ecosystem can be easily scaled across large footprints, enabling busy IT teams to handle more sites and devices than they could previously.

Conclusion

When it comes to remote IT monitoring and management, teams want a flexible, easy-to-use solution that enables them to do more, while stretching their budgets. Teams can count on Avocent IPIQ IP KVM devices to extend the usefulness and scalability of the Avocent ADX Ecosystem, enabling them to transform IT management processes at their companies today.

Learn more about Vertiv™ Avocent® ADX IPIQ KVM devices.

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