ATEN International, leading designer and manufacturer of advanced connectivity solutions, today unveils the 8-Port and 16-Port CAT5 Dual Rail LCD KVM Switches, the KL1508 and KL1516 from its ALTUSEN™ product line. They are the world’s first CAT5 KVM switches to feature a dual rail 19-inch LCD monitor (a 17-inch model is also available) and keyboard with built-in touchpad. The innovative KVM switches allow users to connect up to 8 or 16 servers of multiple platforms and to control them directly from the KVM switch console. The KL1508 and KL1516 are extremely expandable as administrators can control up to 512 servers through daisy chaining.
Within ATEN’s cutting-edge dual-rail design, the KL1508 and KL1516 allow the keyboard and touchpad to slide back while the LCD panel remains in plain sight. Administrators can monitor and troubleshoot servers even with the server rack door closed. At the same time, the RJ-45 connectors and CAT5 (or higher) cable connection allow signals to travel up to 40 meters and maintain an excellent video quality (1280 x 1024 pixels). Various KVM adapter cables designed with automatic conversion allow flexible interface combinations (PS/2, USB, Sun and serial) to control all computer types – PC, Mac, Sun and serial devices.
“Along with the excellent mechanical design, the KL1508 and KL1516 offer first-class functionalities to meet users’ individual needs and save them equipment, utility costs and precious rack space by eliminating keyboard, monitor and mouse clutter”, says Kevin Chen, President of ATEN International. “The KL1508 and KL1516 are future-proved, high-quality, secure and effective connectivity solutions to allow centralized server management in growing enterprises. With their daisy chain functionality, the switches allow the company network to grow on an as-needed basis.”
The KL1508 and KL1516 feature an 8 or 16 server port configuration respectively, and a housing of less then 1U for convenient rack mounting. They are extremely compatible and expandable solutions. Linked up with up to 31 additional units, the switches allow the installation to grow to 512 servers and to be controlled from the first unit.
Administrators can access the connected servers via conveniently located station and port selection switches with LED displays that indicate the station and port location and allow quick switching to target servers. They can also use hotkey combinations or the intuitive OSD menu with a clear tree structure that makes locating and managing servers very easy. The extra console port will connect to an additional console (monitor, PS/2 keyboard and mouse) for managing servers connected to the LCD KVM switch. In addition, the KL1508 / KL1516 provide the Auto Scan Mode that enables continuous monitoring of user-selected servers.
KL1508 and KL1516 are available now. The MSRP for 19-inch KL1508 is GBP £1,420 and KL1516 is GBP £1,535 not including VAT. The MSRP for 17-inch KL1508 is GBP £1,250 and KL1516 is GBP £1,365 not including VAT. For more information and availability, please contact ATEN U.K. Limited or your local ATEN sales representatives or distributor.
About KVM Switches – An Essential Server Management Device
A KVM (Keyboard, Video and Mouse) switch is an advanced, hardware-based solution that allows centralized access to multiple computers easily and conveniently from a single keyboard, monitor, and mouse. A KVM switch is useful in an extensive range of environments, suitable for SOHO users, small and medium businesses, and large corporations. Fundamentally, a KVM switch allows server rooms and data centers to optimize rack space in the IT environment, reducing costs and the clutter of keyboards, monitors and mice. Additional benefits include savings in energy consumption, server racks, cabinets, and floor space. Since a KVM switch provides access to a number of computers from a central location, IT professionals are no longer running from one server to the next, thereby streamlining workflow and increasing productivity. To meet the ever-developing needs of the globalized economy and the Internet, KVM solutions now have over-IP functionality for remote management capability that better fulfills the demands of corporations who need to manage multiple server rooms worldwide.
ATEN International Co., Ltd is specialized in connectivity solutions in information technology. Established in 1979, ATEN is today considered the leading manufacturer of KVM Switches worldwide. This prominent position was reached by continuously high investment in research and development, resulting in numerous patents and exemplified by the sophisticated ASIC, developed in the ATEN labs and manufactured by ATEN. The product range today covers hundreds of connectivity products, providing complete KVM solutions from entry level to the enterprise market. Among the customers of ATEN are large, companies with global operations, midrange and small businesses, as well as ambitious private users.