A new generation of KVMs
Liu, Assistant Vice-president, Aten International, says that second generation
KVM switches provide significant benefits over the previous lot.
What are the limitations of first generation KVM switches?
The first-generation KVM switches are mechanical in nature and act like on or
off switches. When you change from one system to another using the switch on
the KVM, the device mechanically disconnects the users devices from one
system, and connects them to another.
Due to the inherent nature of mechanical switches, computer systems may crash
when users try to switch from one device to another. Users may lose settings
that affect the accuracy of your mouse when performing such a mechanical switch.
Moreover, users need to turn on computers one at a time, which is time-consuming.
What are the benefits of the second generation of KVM switches?
The KVM switch technology has been reinforced significantly and quickly to meet
the demanding management needs of a company. The second-generation intelligent
KVMs perform the connection electronically inside the KVM such that all systems
connected to the KVM recognise they are always connected to end user devices.
Electronic KVMs do this by spoofing or simulating the devices so that the attached
systems never know that a switch occurs. This simulation is less harsh on attached
Can KVM switches use the benefits of wireless technology?
As wireless technology is one of the most promising technologies nowadays, KVM
switch vendors will develop new models leveraging wireless connectivity.
The technology puts wireless in the middle when it is desirable to have IT managers
move around the building. Any handheld computer becomes a full administrative
console, allowing an administrator to manage, interact with, or even restart
a server, router, hub, UPS, or other KVM-compatible network devices.
Soutiman Das Gupta