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1Server-Console Management Systems December 6, 2001Server-ConsoleManagement SystemsThe evolution of KVM switchesPresented by Daniel Schar, Rackit Technology
2Server-Console Management Systems December 6, 2001Once upon a time therewas a PC...It was designed for 1 person to sit in front of it, to be used as a workstation.Presented by Daniel Schar, Rackit Technology
3And then another…...and another……and yet another…
4Say hello to the Local Area Network (LAN). Then it became clear they all needed to be tied in together, in a network, to communicate with one another, to share files, to share tasks and resources.Say hello to the Local Area Network (LAN).
5In order for PCs on the network to share files, share tasks and resources, we now needed servers.
6As networks grew, and the number of servers grew with them, it no longer made sense to have a monitor, keyboard and mouse attached to each server.
7After all, it’s not like some operator is constantly working each one of these servers at any given time, right?
8So here’s a brilliant concept for you Why can’t we hook up, say, 4 servers to ONLY ONE keyboard, one monitor, and one mouse?
9The KVM Switch has been born A Keyboard, Video, Mouse (KVM) Switch Box allows to access and control multiple servers through, say, ONE user console (1 keyboard, 1 monitor and 1 mouse).
10Conceptual features of KVM Switches A hardware solution. No software needs to be installed on any of the controlled servers.A non-intrusive solution. No hardware needs to be installed into the controlled servers. Access is achieved through the server’s keyboard, video and mouse ports.Independent of operating system. The KVM switch works on any given hardware platform regardless of the operating system.“Out of band” basic level access. Controlling a server through a KVM switch allows the user to do ANY work on the server, to operate any software application running on the server, and even to perform a warm boot or to change CMOS settings as if the user console was a dedicated keyboard, monitor, and mouse connected directly to the server. The network may be down, but you still have access to the server through your KVM switch.
11How do we benefit from using KVM Switches? Save space. Getting rid of all the monitors and keyboards saves a ton of spaceConserve energy. Getting rid of all the monitors reduces heat dissipation, reduces cooling requirements and conserves energy.Increased productivity. Much easier for one operator to control multiple servers through one console, rather than juggling dozens of consoles, not knowing at times which one is hooked up to which server.
12The mechanical KVM Switch The first KVM switches were mechanical, and are known as “AB Switches”.Turning the knob physically made a connection between a port on the switch (connected via cables to the k/b, video and mouse ports of a server) to the user console connected to the switch.
13Reliability issues with AB Switches? If the knob was set on port A, then server B was LITERALLY disconnected from a keyboard and a mouse.Modern operating systems, like Windows 2000 and NT4 occasionally look for a keyboard and mouse connection.Can we afford to have a server hang because it doesn’t “see” a keyboard and mouse connected to it?
14Operational limitations of “AB Switches” To boot up a server, the knob must be set to that server’s port.When one server is booting up, the user cannot work on another server.Multiple servers must be brought up one at a time.
15Do we really want to replace one “headache” with another?
16How do we overcome these reliability limitations? Electronic keyboard and mouse emulation. To have the switch “fool” all the servers connected to it to believe they have a keyboard and a mouse constantly connected.Keep Alive. Make sure the servers don’t hang only because the switch stopped functioning.
17So we want an Electronic Switch Constant keyboard and mouse connection. continuous emulation of keyboard and mouse connections to all ports, so each server “sees” a keyboard and mouse connected to it, all the time.Seamless boot-up. Boot up server A, while working on server B at the same time.Multiple simultaneous boot-up. All attached servers may boot up at the same time, with no user intervention.
18Now lets add even more reliability to the Electronic KVM Switch Hot-Plugable. Servers may be connected or disconnected from the switch while it’s powered up, with no disruption to its normal operation or to any connected server.External power supply. So we don’t need to rely on deriving power from the server’s keyboard port (like older electronic switches used to do, and entry level switches still do).Keep Alive. The servers’ normal operation will not be disrupted even if the KVM switch suffers from an unexpected power failure.Single connector cables with thumb screws. A secure connection is guarantied to avoid servers getting inadvertently disconnected from the switch.
19Time for some frills???Naming servers. Instead of referring to servers by port (A, B, C, etc.) why don’t we give the meaningful “real-world” names, and then be able to bring up a list of servers on the screen and select them by name.Automatic scanning. Especially in a lab or control center environment, the switch can automatically scan through the active servers, each time displaying the video of the next server for a user-configurable amount of time.On Screen Display menu system. For easy and intuitive operation and control over the KVM switch and the servers attached to it.Password security. Assigning access rights to various users, like no access, or viewing access only, or complete access, per-user-per-server.
20Who does the job? SwitchView Entry level switch 2 or 4 ports AutoBoot technologyAutomatic scanningKeyboard or buttonSwitchingIndustry-standard color-coded cable assemblies.
21Who else does the job? Conductor Budget conscious switch 8 ports Automatic scanningOSD for naming and managing serversPassword securityIndustry-standard color-coded cable assemblies.
22For data-center applications Paradigm8 ports, expandable to 64.Rack-mountable.OSD for naming and managing servers.Password securitySingle connector cableassemblies for securedconnections.Automatic scanning
23Server-Console Management Systems December 6, 2001Now lets play with some gadgets for additional flexibility…Presented by Daniel Schar, Rackit Technology
24You want the console away from the servers? Console extenderUp to 1000 feet away, over standard UTP CAT 5 cable.
25You want to access the server from two locations? Dual Console extenderOne local console and one extended console, to control the servers from 2 locations (one at a time).Extended console located up to 1000 feet away, over CAT 5 standard network cable.
26One user at-a-time isn’t enough? AutoView 2001 local console and a second extended console (up to 500 feet away over CAT 5) have simultaneous access.
27Mix of IBM compatible servers, Suns and USB servers? AutoView 400Native multi-platform support for Suns, IBMs and servers with USB connections.2 user consoles with simultaneous access.
28But what if...If we need to control more than 64 servers? Perhaps hundreds, maybe even thousands of them?If we need more than just 2 concurrent user consoles?If we need not only local and extended consoles, but alsoremote control from another building? Another state?Another country?
29Server-Console Management Systems Native cross platform supportMulti-console for simultaneous control and access for multiple users.Scalable and re-configurable to support future expansion.Modular design.No single point of failure.
30More enterprise features for Server-Console Management Systems Support for Serial devices (hubs, routers), in addition to IBMs, Suns, RS/6000, DEC Alpha, SGIs and more hardware platforms.No initial investments gets lost when expanding.Server naming capability.On Screen Display for servers and system management.Automatic scanning.Password security.Modules can be FLASH upgraded to the most updated firmware version.
314 User consoles controlling 60 servers XP4000 System
3216 User consoles controlling 128 servers XP4000 System
33And what about remote control? A hardware solution.Supports one remote session over TCP/IP or dial-in via modem.Connects to any KVM switch, to control multiple servers.Access and control any platform that is supported by the KVM switch.
34IP-Reach, a true hardware solution for remote control No software required on any of the host servers.Operates independently of the operating system, even when you have a “blue screen”.Perfect for remote maintenance with tons of security features.Optional power control, to manipulate power to any attached device.Gets attached to a KVM switch as a User Console, and can perform any of the switches native features.
35So far, so good? Takes a lot of rack space Requires lots of cables, some of which are coaxial that occupy a lot of space in the rackRequires management and maintenanceA little cumbersome
36CAT 5 advanced technology Solution?CAT 5 advanced technologyEliminate coaxial cablesRetaining high quality signal transfer over longer distances
3716 User consoles controlling 128 servers Paragon System
38What’s in the future for Server-Console Management systems? Occupying less rack space for the KVM switching hardware.Easier scalability to support thousands of servers.Easily adding more users, located anywhere in the world.Easy management of large scale, and growing systems.Significantly reducing wiring.Capitalizing on the strengths of LANs, natively benefiting from technology improvements in LAN connectivity.Capitalizing on Internet connectivity.
40Use existing infrastructure Lets use a network we already have our LAN
41Insert KVM over IP switch Users access the KVM switch through the LAN
42Dominion Series Digital KVM switching over IP No need for a separate “network” of user consoles.Any computer on the network can be a console to access any server’s k/b, video, and mouse ports.Supports as many servers as required, with no limitation.Access from as many concurrent users as needed, with no limitation.Digital performance, transfers signals from servers over the existing network, limited only by network’s bandwidth.Sophisticated management tools to manage authentication, access rights, user groups, etc.
43From AB mechanical switching to digital switching over IP 100% hardware solutionIndependent of operating systemWorks to access servers even when operating system is hanging (“Blue Screen”)Direct access to Keyboard, Video and Mouse ports of a serverNon intrusivePlug-and-play connectivityNo software needs to be running on controlled servers.
44Server-Console Management Systems December 6, 2001Server-ConsoleManagement SystemsThe end…Presented by Daniel Schar, Rackit Technology