KVM over IP or also known as KVM over Ethernet or KVM over LAN is a server management technology designed to support user interaction on a system across a network connection. KVM-OVER-IP Switches provides a variety of KVM-over-IP Switches that leverage today’s Ethernet and TCP/IP networks to provide anytime/anywhere remote access, control and management. This eliminates the hustle and limited KVM hardware switches and allows administrators to configure and monitor a multitude of local or remote systems using almost any Web browser with standard ActiveX or Java plug-ins. In effect, KVM over IP can allow the administrator to handle many systems management tasks within local and remote data centers without even leaving their office. This eliminates travel time and expense to remote sites and vastly improves support response times.
KVM over IP is integrated into the servers and does not need to be installed or updated. Consequently, KVM over IP is typically available throughout the entire system boot process, so remote technicians can even access the system's BIOS to make crucial changes to the hardware setup if necessary.
As servers proliferate and multiple data center sites become commonplace, remote server management and configuration tasks will depend on KVM over IP technology, which allows administrators to take control of individual servers as if they were there in person. KVM over IP is commonly available in modern servers -- especially with IPMI 2.0 and later implementations -- so future technology refresh cycles should allow any organization to adopt this remote system control scheme.
Easier Remote Systems Management
IT systems management often requires an administrator to perform installation, setup and configuration tasks on specific servers, but rather than install a separate keyboard, video device and mouse (KVM) at every server, those input devices have traditionally been shared through a hardware-based device, such as a KVM switch. But as systems management grows to involve large numbers of remote servers across multiple remote sites, it's now often impractical to dispatch a technician to those remote systems.
Advantages of using KVM over IP
There are many things can be achived and benefit by implementing KVM Over IP. For example, you take control of all remote computers, servers and virtual machines on your LAN or WAN by connecting your KVM switches over your existing IP network, design your network architecture based on your needs and applications, not on your physical location, connect to an almost unlimited number of endpoints, you don’t have to invest in new dedicated switching devices, cabling and the labour to set up separate infrastructure, and connect to a mix of virtualized and traditional servers using the KMV over IP Switching solution. Learn more here.