How to Choose the Right KVM Switch for Your Small Server Room
If you have a small server room with anywhere from a handful up to 20 servers, chances are you need a KVM switch to handle these jobs. The challenge is choosing the right KVM switch. There's a huge range of KVM switch options, from simple low-cost, personal KVM switches to sophisticated devices with integrated KVM-over-IP and matrix switching capabilities. Knowledge Center Nigel Dickens explains how to choose the right KVM switch for your small server room.Your office has grown. It's come to the point where you want to monitor what's happening on the network and install software without effort. Also, there are those inevitable emergencies for which, so far, you don't have a great plan: such as every time there's a virus or the e-mail system has crashed, you don't have speedy backup in place. What you need is a KVM switch. In the simplest case, a KVM switch enables you to place a keyboard, monitor and mouse in your server room and switch this between servers when you want to configure them, install new software or just monitor what's going on. Unlike software or remote access technologies, KVM switches work across all hardware and software platforms, with both new and old computers.
But for emergencies, you need more than the minimum. You need speed and reliability, which puts you in the professional league of switches. For businesses, a KVM switch has to work like a pro, no matter what.