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LinuxWorld: Avocent's KVM switches solve space problems

Sep 19, 2000, 21:23 (2 Talkback[s])
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"Have you ever wanted eight arms and two heads? Sometimes when I get piled up with work, I find myself wishing I did -- or maybe just a brain that could manage a few more bodies. So, imagine trying to move and work among all the computers that must share what's left of my desk space with several monitors. The combination of my one-brain/one-body configuration and multiple-computer desk setup chews up my workspace, heats up my office, strains my neck, and nibbles away at my sanity."

"There's an easy solution to all of this. No, we're not talking about human cloning; instead, we can run all the computers from the same desktop. There are many technical ways to do this using xterms, remote displays, and so on, but none simpler than the KVM switch. This device hooks one or more keyboard-video-mouse consoles to multiple computers; with the press of a button you can swap your views on a single monitor."

"KVM switches are an enormous space saver for server rooms filled with computers. Although a lot of servers can run well without a console, it is so much simpler to manage them with a keyboard, monitor, and mouse directly attached. With Linux playing such a crucial role in ISPs and ASPs today, it is very likely that if you are a service provider you either have a KVM switch or want one."

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