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KVM system allows simultaneous access to 2048 servers

14 November 2007 Interconnection

If servers are being administered on-site, a keyboard, monitor and mouse (keyboard, video, mouse - KVM) must be available. To minimise the space taken up and cut costs, these peripherals are only present once in server racks, for example in the form of the 1 U monitor-keyboard drawer from Rittal.

SSC Connect sees Rittal launch a new, low-cost solution operated by plug-and-play. The Rittal SSC Connect is a converter fitted between the PS/2, USB and VGA plugs on the server and the CAT5 cable to the Rittal KVM switch. One SSC Connect is used for each server in the rack. It converts the keyboard, monitor and mouse information from the PS/2, USB and VGA connections, enabling it to be transferred via one single CAT5 cable. A corresponding Rittal SSC compact 32 Cat or SSC view 32 Cat KVM switch can switch up to 32 servers.

Rittal SSC compact 32 Cat is a complete standalone solution fitted in the rack as a 1 U 19-inch unit. Given its compact design, the Rittal SSC view 32 Cat can be used as a space-saving alternative and fitted right behind the monitor-keyboard drawer, as this switch requires no extra assembly space. Users can change to the server required using an on-screen display or hotkeys. The integrated keyboard-mouse emulation for each channel is guaranteed to prevent system crashes.

Rittal also supplies modular high-end variants for large data centres under the SSC premium label. Using the corresponding matrix switches, up to eight administrators can simultaneously access a maximum of 2048 servers with cascaded installations. With KVM-over-IP, connected servers anywhere in the world can be administered using any IP network.



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