With the capability to extend KVM controls through the IP network over standard Ethernet connections, Avocents DS1800 switch can help ease server management for ISPs and data centers without the need for third-party software.
LONG-TERM BUSINESS IMPACT // Even though its performance is unimpressive, the DS1800 can still provide a good return on investment over the long run by simplifying the administration of server farms with a single, easy-to-manage system. Provides KVM control of multiple systems over Ethernet; easy to manage. Mediocre overall performance; expensive. Avocent Corp., Huntsville, Ala.; (256) 430-4000; www.avocent.com
SHORT-TERM BUSINESS IMPACT // The DS1800 is a pricey system, but administrators will see immediate benefits upon implementation.