Preparation is key
While one of the fundamental benefits of using KVM technology is the ability to instantaneously switch giving an ‘at-the-PC experience’, there are also several other considerations that need to be taken into account when selecting technology. Any KVM installation should be preceded by a thorough planning stage, working with a strategic tech partner that understands your organisation to analyse your needs and how KVM should be introduced to best effect.
The first question in that process should centre on your strategic business objectives and begin to focus very early on the need of the users – those using KVM to execute their role, the administrators responsible for managing or supporting the KVM system and those responsible for installing the KVM.
While KVM extenders and switches are often built on direct-connect technology, customers requiring more complex KVM systems with many computers and many users are benefitting greatly from IP-based solutions.
Deployments based on an IP infrastructure are more flexible. They give the customer and their integration partner the opportunity to design a network that supports today’s needs while also enabling them to scale the system up over many years without major investment, drastically reducing the total cost of ownership. When you consider that IP systems utilize commoditized network switch hardware rather than bespoke switches, will require less infrastructure cabling and won’t need scheduled downtime to upgrade, it’s easy to see how costs are reduced and your return on investment is boosted. And that’s all before we’ve considered the practicalities and product features.
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