IBC 2012 – KVM Keeps Pace
Keeping pace with ever-changing IT structuresTerms such as “tapeless workflow” or “IP based” underline just how sophisticated broadcast IT systems have become. The need of today is to establish efficient, powerful and flexible systems. But that’s easier said than done.
System adaptability is today’s priority
Flexibility and the ability to adapt to almost any environment have become essential. To meet these demands, provide investment security and keep pace with technological advances - “whatever it needs, the systems will take it”- modularity is becoming the order of the day.
To be launched during IBC, G&D’s new KVM matrix switch, the ControlCenter-Digital, is the latest example of this approach. The system’s modular set-up means that transmission cards can be CAT or fiber or both and all dynamic ports can be used as either input or output.
To operate with a mass of equipment, new and known, the system supports a huge diversity of signals such as digital HD video, USB and PS/2 keyboard and mouse, audio, USB 2.0 transparent and RS232 (to name a few). Because size often does matter, the system has up to 288 ports (160 and 80 are in preparation) that can be cascaded in up to 3 levels. This means that it can connect with an almost infinite number of computers and users. The complete system architecture is laid up modularly: the controller, switch and the card to the power supply.
The backbone of an IT infrastructure
As important as all its technical features are, the ControlCenter-Digital includes an appealing graphical user interface that allows easy administration for maintenance and system adaption. Working in the background as a ‘hidden champion’, a KVM system can easily become the mainstay of a broadcast installation. As such, safety is paramount. As with all G&D products, the ControlCenter-Digital offers all necessary safety features such as monitoring and SNMP and comes with G&D’s reputation for reliability.
Well-tried redesigned and rediscovered
With a wide KVM product portfolio to be displayed at this year’s IBC, G&D are working to ensure that however sophisticated these benefits, customers will be ready for them.Further fair news come from the compact KVM matrix DVICenter with new features like
• Port grouping
• Stacking and related devices for multi-monitor work places
• USB 2.0 and RS232 transmission
• Further enhanced compatibility with support for AMX control
More variety of signals will be found with the input-side solution for DisplayPort with the new KVM switch “DisplayPortMUX”.
Beyond computers and about KVM
KVM technology is a proven solution that has allowed powerful IT systems to be utilised in an efficient and flexible way. With KVM, all computers can be moved into dedicated server rooms with just the input devices and displays at the user consoles. This creates more space and less computer noise improving the working environment for operators. The computers can be operated from anywhere in real-time. Whether in studios, OB vans or post production, changing the KVM settings to meet system requirements is a relatively easy task which provides maximum flexibility.