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Data Center – KVM-over-IP for remote management

 
 

Challenge
KVM solutions are the key to making server management for data center more efficient and economy feasible. KVM switches allow multiple server level PCs to be managed in a centralized location and equipment. Only a single set of equipment (monitor, mouse, keyboard) is needed to operate hundreds of servers located in the data center. Data centers must remain active and healthy at all times (7/24) due to access of services may come from all areas around the globe with different time zones. Remote access over the Internet will become a key aspect for successful deployment of the solution.

 

   ‧Data Center requires centralized control of servers and solution must provide space for future expansion and scalability.

   ‧KVM solution must provide a security protection to prevent unauthorized users to operate device without consent (Locally).

   ‧KVM solution must allow administrators or IT personnel to access system remotely over Internet.

   ‧Remote access must be protected and authenticated from eavesdropper over the public domain (Internet).

   ‧KVM solution must support multi-platform OS and server level PCs.

   ‧KVM switch must be easy to operate and maintain multiple servers.

  ‧Solution must provide cost-saving factors and ensures limited spacing is well employed.

 

Restricted Local Access
Administrators will only access the servers via LAN Network. The traffic will be HTTPS encrypted and only certified PC will allow access to servers.

Remote Access
Only digital certified PC will have access to SP1200A/ Servers.

SP1200A
KVM over IP
 

 

SP226D
16-Port Combo KVM Switch
 

 

SP218D
8-Port Combo KVM Switch

 

Micronet Benefits

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  Micronet KVM solution provides centralized control for data center and scalability for future server expansion.

   ‧SP226D provides 16 PC ports for connecting to servers for a centralized control with a single set of equipment (Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor).

   ‧SP226D can further support up to a 128 server PCs by cascading 8 KVM switches.

   ‧Optionally, customers can also implement SP218D (8 PC ports) for environment with lower quantity of server PCs.

  Micronet’s KVM switch will provide security protection to prevent unauthorized access locally.

   ‧SP226D/SP218D provides password protection when monitor is idle after certain period.

   ‧The device provides user account management where administrators can create different login information for each user.

   ‧SP226D/SP218D provides Access List function where supervisors can set the access right of PCs for each user account.

  Server PC’s desktop visual can be transmitted over IP (Internet) to allow remote access and maintenance of data centers.

   ‧By forwarding HTTP/HTTPS ports to SP1200, the device becomes accessible over the Internet.

   ‧SP1200, KVM over IP Switch converts KVM’s VGA signals into TCP/IP packets to allow transmission over the local network or Internet feasible.

   ‧Support DDNS to allow mapping of domain names to SP1200’s Web UI for remote access over the Internet.

   ‧SP1200 can work in conjunction with SP218D/SP226D to allow multiple servers’ images to be transmitted over the Internet.

   ‧By taking advantage of SP218D/SP226D existing cascading feature, the personnel will gain access to hundred of servers over the Internet.

   ‧The user can access each server via SP1200’s Web UI using browser application (JAVA Plug-in enabled browser).

  Authentication and data encryption is enforced on the KVM over IP product.

   ‧Basic username and password authentication is required when accessing device via browser.

   ‧Additional enhanced authentication is viable through Certificate Signing Request (CSR) for applying digital identity certificate.

   ‧SP1200 supports HTTPS secure socket layer for encrypting KVM data transmitted over the Internet.

   ‧The user has option to select between HTTP (unsecured) or HTTPS (secured) connections. HTTP will provide better

       performance and suitable for LAN access. HTTPS will provide better security and mainly used for public access.

  Micronet KVM switch supports multi-platform Operating System and Server Level PCs.

   ‧SP1200A is web-based application and will support all Windows OS with

       browser application.

   ‧SP226D/SP218D supports majority of operating system commonly used by

       server PCs (Windows, Netware, UNIX, Linux, iMAC, Power MAC and Sun Micro

       Systems).

   ‧SP226D/SP218D has been designed to be compatible with most Server level

       PCs (Mouse/Keyboard emulation issue resolved).

   ‧SP226D/SP218D will support both PS/2 and USB interface for keyboard and mouse.

   ‧SP226D/SP218D’s OSD interface will also support multiple languages (English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Japanese

       and Russian).

  Micronet KVM switch is easy to operate and provides various operating methods for efficient control over server farm.

   ‧SP226D/SP218D provides stylish push buttons to swiftly switch between PC ports.

   ‧Push buttons also act as a LED indicated to show the current PC port displayed by the monitor.

   ‧Another operating option is via Hotkeys where sequence of buttons on the keyboard will allow user to toggle between PCs and perform commonly

       used commands.

   ‧The KVM switch provides OSD feature for graphical interface to manage and operate the system.

   ‧The device supports ‘Hot Plug’ feature where changing server equipment does not require KVM switch or PCs to be turned off. USB equipment

       will automatically reconnect upon connection of new PCs.

   ‧Both SP226D and SP218D provide port naming and searching functions where users can set a meaningful description for each server.

  Micronet KVM solution will aid customers in saving hardware cost, time, space and energy consumption.

   ‧The initial hardware investment will be greatly reduced since only a single set of equipment (mouse, keyboard, monitor) is required to monitor and

       control large quantity of servers.

   ‧Traditionally, each server requires its own monitor and space is wasted and becomes impractical for managing the data center.

   ‧Changing between computers at a touch of fingertip will greatly improve daily administrative use and save time for IT personnel.

   ‧Servers becoming accessible over Internet will allow IT personnel more mobility and flexibility.

   ‧Solution will greatly reduce energy consumption for the data center and provides a long term

       benefit for the enterprise.

   ‧SP226D/SP218D used in conjunction with other servers on a 19” inch rack  for better cable

       management and space conservation.

 

Micronet Solution Details

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n  Micronet KVM solution provides centralized control for data center and scalability for future server expansion.

   ‧Data center will consists of large quantity of servers in order to provide data

       for organization’s internal and external services

   ‧Enable to monitor and switch between servers in a short time interval will be

       vital for IT personnel to track any abnormal activities on the network.

   ‧With these in mind, Micronet KVM switch is designed to allow users to control

       multiple servers at a central location.

   ‧SP226D/SP218D provides a Daisy Chain port to allow 8 KVM switches to be

       cascaded as a single unified device. This will be sufficient to service data

       center with hundred servers.

  Micronet’s KVM switch will provide security protection to prevent

     unauthorized access.

   ‧Sectors like banking greatly emphasizes on all security issues throughout 

       the organization. All service or technology implementation must make sure all

       procedures met with basic security protocol.

   ‧The central location for monitoring will have access to large quantity of

       servers with vital business data.

   ‧Basic password protection is essential and SP226D/SP218D requires

       username/password to access the KVM switch when in idle.

   ‧The KVM’s login system supports 1 Supervisor and 8 User accounts.

       Supervisor have access to all OSD functions and normal users can only operate ‘Port Name’ and ‘Port Search’ functions.

   ‧Supervisor will have the right to set access list outlining which particular KVM in cascade is accessible to the user.

Server OS visual displays can be transmitted over IP (Internet) to allow remote access and maintenance of data centers.

   ‧Data centers will need to operate 24hours/7days a week in order to foster different users around the globe.

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n   ‧Qualified IT personnel may not always be positioned locally at the center when issue arises (After hours or business trips).

   ‧By implementing SP1200, personnel can easily gain access and monitor servers at home or anyway where Internet access is available.

   ‧The operation does not require to install external software, where basic browser utility will be sufficient to access servers around the globe which

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 Authentication and data encryption is enforced on the KVM over IP product.

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n   ‧Remote access over Internet provides a potential risk of unauthorized access and data interception resulting in information linkage.

   ‧CSR utilize public/private key infrastructure to authenticate connecting PC. SP1200 will generate a key to be submitted to Certified Authority (CA) and

       signed for digital identity certificate. This will ensure only authorized PC be connected to the device for remote access.

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n   ‧By using HTTPS encryption protection, enterprise can remain rest assure all data transmitted are not intercepted. HTTPS is an existing protection

       protocol in browser application, it does not require other installation procedure.

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 Micronet KVM switch supports multi-platform Operating System and Server

    Level PCs.

   ‧Server PCs contain the most deviation in OS selection and it is common for data centers to implement

        server systems using UNIX or Linux.

   ‧SP226D/SP218D supports all major operating systems (Windows, Linux, UNIX, MAC, Netware) and s

       allow a wider compatibility when implementing solution.

   ‧USB interface is starting to be a trend on server level PC and new motherboards are opting out the

       PS/2 interface. SP226D/SP218D has included two types of KVM cable to fulfill these interfaces.

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n Micronet KVM switch is easy to operate and provides various operating methods for efficient control over data center.

   ‧SP226D & SP218D are designed to fulfill every user’s operation preference from push buttons on device and keystroke on keyboard to graphical

       interface on the monitor.

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n   ‧Port naming function will be essential in order for users to track and switch between large quantity of servers rather than meaningless port numbers.

   ‧Port Search will provide the convenience for users to filter out a single unit from the large quantity of servers.

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n   ‧Auto-scan (5~99 secs) feature is also provided to allow users to determine if remote servers are connected.

   ‧This ease of use can allow IT personnel to easily manage multiple servers when maintaining or troubleshooting.

   ‧System operators will not be required to walk through isles and isles of servers to search for the right equipment to operate the device. Nor do they need

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n       to be physically located in data center where access is viable across the Internet.

Micronet KVM solution will aid customers in saving hardware cost, time, space and energy consumption.

   ‧Time and mobility will be the key factors for Enterprises’ success. By implementing the KVM over IP solution, enterprises are geared for operation

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n       efficiency and tighter control at all times regardless of location.

   ‧Data center or server farm are usually compacted area where spacing is in scarce supply. Servers are mounted on racks where installing display panel

       and control tools for each device are impractical.

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n   ‧By implementing KVM switches, you can save on hardware costs (monitor, keyboard, mouse) and floor space. More importantly, centralized control of

       multiple servers become possible.

   ‧Imagining placing panels for each servers, the electricity bill will multiply with the already burden electric grid from the large quantity of servers.

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n   ‧Furthermore, the radiation from large quantity of monitors can be prevented from causing health hazard for the workers.

 
   

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