Reliability in the Data Center

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Avocent Longview IP KVM

Avocent Longview IP KVM

Avocent offers Longview IP KVM, which allows a user's computer to be placed anywhere in the LAN (presumably in the data center). In addition to supporting keyboard, monitor and mouse, it supports devices as well, and optionally, VGA, DVI-I, DVI and dual DVI video.

Gefen USB 400

Gefen USB 400

If you need to remote a Mac into the data center, you might consider the Gefen USB 2.0 extender USB 400. This is a four-port USB extender that used fiber optics to connect the two ends -- and this particular one can go out 500 meters. This allows use of the mac keyboard, mouse and USB drives, which many producers insist upon. You'll still need to extend the monitor though by a different means. Another option is an all-in-one KVM extender that includes USB -- such as the Aten CE100 Mini Cat-5 USB KVM extender.

Aten CE100 Mini Cat-5 USB KVM extender

Aten CE100 Mini Cat-5 USB KVM extender

Of course there's an obvious problem with computers that are located in the data center -- no one has access to them, right? It won't take long before you'll need to reboot one of them, during something other than normal business hours. An IP power-switch is called for in this case, and quite a few companies make these but one you've likely heard of is Broadcast Tools. Its product is the AC Power Sentinel 2 Plus. This is a two-outlet device, connected to your LAN, with a built-in Web browser that gives the ability to connect to it remotely from anywhere, and to control the ac power independently on its outputs. Use it to switch ac voltage up to 240Vac, but the total current (for both outputs) can't exceed 10A. It also comes with a couple of inputs that can be connected to external temperature and humidity sensors, and it has two status inputs that can be used for local control of the power outlets (i.e., your trusty remote control, if you happen to locate it at a transmitter site). The device also supports SNMP.

Broadcast Tools AC Power Sentinel 2

Broadcast Tools AC Power Sentinel 2

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