KVM over IP for the“Distributed IT” Environment (Part 1)

With 27% of all businesses and an estimated 97% of large enterprises having branch offices making up some six million satellite facilities (Source: IDC), the demand on IT departments supporting geographically dispersed networking infrastructure continues to grow. And it’s not just branch locations that are fuelling the demand; the very nature of business today demands a level of constant connectivity never seen before.

In order to function effectively and stay competitive in the global arena, people at branch offices, remote facilities – or just on the other side of the corporate campus – require access to the same information and systems available at main headquarters.

This demand creates a dispersed network environment with widely distributed IT assets, which in turn creates a greater administrative challenge for maintaining equipment to ensure network uptime. To meet this demand, organizations take advantage of remote infrastructure management equipment to access and manage servers and IT equipment over the Internet.

KVM (keyboard/video/mouse) over IP is an effective tool for remotely managing servers regardless of their physical location. With BIOS-level access, system administrators can monitor and respond to server issues from virtually anywhere over an Internet connection. For this reason, server management with remote KVM switches have become the cornerstone of most data centres today.