Executive Summary

By Cameron Sturdevant  |  Posted 2002-08-26 Print this article Print

: AutoView 2000R"> Executive Summary: AutoView 2000R

Usability Fair
Capability Good
Performance Good
Interoperability Good
Manageability Good
Scalability Excellent
Security Fair
Avocents AutoView 2000R is a 16-port, rack-mountable KVM switch that enables one analog user and two digital users to control a PC or Sun server almost as if they were sitting next to the device. Using KVM over IP, the digital users can work from any browser-equipped computer that is connected to the Internet.


At $3,995, the AutoView 2000R is cost-competitive with other products, especially considering that no additional hardware is needed to enable the digital users—as is the case with Raritans competing Paragon system.

(+) Can control 16 systems, or 384 devices when cascaded with additional hardware; KVM over IP enables control from anywhere.

(-) Sluggish digital performance; perfunctory security.

  • Raritans Paragon/TeleReach combo
  • Digital V6s Kaveman
  • www.avocent.com

    Cameron Sturdevant Cameron Sturdevant has been with the Labs since 1997, and before that paid his IT management dues at a software publishing firm working with several Fortune 100 companies. Cameron also spent two years with a database development firm, integrating applications with mainframe legacy programs. Cameron's areas of expertise include virtual and physical IT infrastructure, cloud computing, enterprise networking and mobility, with a focus on Android in the enterprise. In addition to reviews, Cameron has covered monolithic enterprise management systems throughout their lifecycles, providing the eWEEK reader with all-important history and context. Cameron takes special care in cultivating his IT manager contacts, to ensure that his reviews and analysis are grounded in real-world concern. Cameron is a regular speaker at Ziff-Davis Enterprise online and face-to-face events. Follow Cameron on Twitter at csturdevant, or reach him by email at csturdevant@eweek.com.

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