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KVM over IP vs. Remote Access Software – A Comparison

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Summary:
KVM over IP and Remote Management software each approach remote IP
administration in similar ways; however, each solution offers valuable
benefits along with notable shortcomings. Comparing KVM over IP hardware
based technology versus Remote Management software driven programs
clearly have similar interests in mind when remote IP access is the
foremost objective.


Keywords:
ip kvm, kvm over ip, digital kvm, kvm switch


Article Body:
With many IT departments operating in down-sized environments as well as
under-staffed employees being forced to manage an exceptional amount of
mission-critical server room equipment than what they can handle; the
ability to remotely monitor and repair computer problems on the go is an
important task in today’s modern data center.
Two remote monitoring options available for controlling computers over IP
means will allow network administrators to view computers and access
problems as they arise. Following we compare and contrast the two most
popular methods of remote access computer management in the industry
today. <br>
Both hardware and software based remote computer management solutions
offers users valuable remote IP access when needed; however, each
solution holds their own when comparisons are drawn between these unique
solutions. Although, they each share one main feature – hardware based
KVM over IP devices and Remote Desktop client based software perform as
though you are sitting directly in front of the target system, manageable
from anywhere in the world with an internet connection.<br>
A closer look behind the hardware component of KVM over IP and the
software driven Remote Desktop makes them appear as two very similar
remote access methods. In order to truly understand the key features as
well as the crucial limitations of the two remote IP management products,
here is a quick break-down of each individual solution.
<br>
<b>KVM over IP Remote Access Management</b><br>

</b>KVM over IP is a hardware based solution which allows users to gain
both in-band and out-of-band access to all the servers either connected
to your KVM switch or directly connected to a single computer.<br>

Late night trips to the data center to reboot one server have become a
thing of the past because of this simple yet robust hardware component.
KVM via IP front-end devices such as the Raritan Dominion KX101 will
connect directly to a computer or a KVM switch and permits remote users
to gain secure BIOS-level access to manage mission-critical servers.
Remote IP management with products such as the Raritan Dominion KX or the
Avocent DS Series is conducted through a standard internet browser
session. Front-end IP products work their magic by allowing remote users
to gain full Keyboard, Video Monitor, Mouse access of the attached
computer(s) from any location with internet connectivity.<br>
Raritan&#39;s client software is automatically downloaded from the KX101;
eliminating the need to install &quot;client&quot; software on each user
desktop. Furthermore, Raritan’s client software supports most major Web
browsers including; Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Netscape and
Safari (Macintosh).&nbsp;
Using the Raritan example once more, up to 8 users can remotely access
the same server for teamed troubleshooting approach.
<b><br>
Remote Access Software<br>
</b>Remote Access Software programs takes advantage of easily loading
software on the local computer or, in some cases, both local and remote
computers, and allows users to view and take remote keyboard, mouse and
video monitor to view and access servers in the data center from any
location with internet capabilities. <br>
Types of remote management software include VNC and PCanywhere. The PC
based PCanywhere can only be used on windows based computer systems. VNC
on the other hand can be used in most operating system environments
across the board. <br>
Although most Remote Access software is simple to load and is free in
most cases, you must install the remote management software on every
machine in the data center that needs remote connectivity. Also, the
bottom line regarding Remote Access Software is the fact that such a
heavy focus is placed on having the remote operating systems up and
running at the application level for the remote session to work properly.
If the operating system crashes on the remote computer during remote
connectivity at any time, users will be forced to take alternative ways
to activate the remote computer. This will result in needing to
physically reboot the remote server from a cold start in most cases.<br>
Using a platform independent software approach, VNC or Virtual Network
Computing, for example, requires users to load software both client and
server computers. In addition, the local and remote computers do not need
to be running the same operating system.

				
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