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Raritan Introduces Dominion KX II – Industry’s Most Comprehensive KVM-over-IP Switch for Remote and ‘At-the-Rack’ Server Management

  • 28 May, 2007 17:12

<p><i>New capabilities include integrated Virtual Media, Absolute Mouse Synchronisation, dual power and industry’s highest remote video resolution</i></p>
<p>Raritan today unveiled its next-generation KVM-over-IP switch, the Dominion® KX II. On a new, easy-to-deploy and scalable appliance platform, the Dominion KX II delivers more powerful productivity features to help IT organisations access and manage servers from anywhere, and thereby improving data centre efficiency.</p>
<p>Designed to deliver a better user experience to administrators who spend hours at a time in front of a screen managing servers, the Dominion KX II provides the industry’s highest remote video resolution (1600 x 1200), tight mouse synchronisation performance and a new, intuitive browser-based user interface. It also provides Universal Virtual Media to conveniently access storage media on remote servers. For high availability, Dominion KX II comes with dual power supplies and dual gigabit Ethernet ports – both with automatic failover protection.</p>
<p>“The new Dominion KX II is a great value. It provides next-generation technologies and new features – such as Universal Virtual Media, dual power and Absolute Mouse Synchronisation™ – at the same price as the original Dominion KX,” said Richard Dominach, Raritan Senior Product Manager. “Along with integrated remote power control and other popular features found in our original Dominion KX I switches that are used in thousands of data centres, the new features are standard on all Dominion KX II models.”</p>
<p>Gary Hull, Director of Sales - Australia and New Zealand said, “Dominion KXI switches are currently the most sought-after and successful product sold in both the Australian and New Zealand markets. Undoubtedly, the launch of Dominion KXII is exciting news for our local customers and a great opportunity for the channel partners in the region. Raritan is committed to continuing to be the first to develop and bringing to market the most advanced remote access and infrastructure management technologies to the ANZ market.”</p>
<p>To deliver a remote user experience that is almost indistinguishable from a direct at-the-rack connection, the Dominion KX II provides the following new features:</p>
<p>• A new, easy-to-use, browser-based user interface that provides a consistent user experience whether working remotely, at the rack, or performing administration tasks on the KX II. It is the first browser-based user interface for at-the-rack KVM access and management.</p>
<p>• Universal Virtual Media, which lets administrators mount drives and media from their desktop to remote servers in the data centre during a KVM connection. This is useful to install software, transfer files, back up data or run diagnostics. KX II supports internal and USB-connected CD/DVD drives, USB mass storage devices, ISO images and PC hard drives. Universal Virtual Media is standard on all Dominion KX II models without a price premium, and works with or without a centralised management system.</p>
<p>• Absolute Mouse Synchronisation, which eliminates the time-consuming task of manually adjusting mouse parameters on each target server in order to synchronise the remote and target server mouse cursors. With Absolute Mouse Synchronisation, mouse cursors stay in synch and keep annoying mouse delays to a minimum.</p>
<p>• Virtual KVM Desktop™, which lets users scale a target server’s display to any size, from thumbnail to full-screen video. It also provides transparent keyboard handling by sending securely every keystroke combination straight to the server.</p>
<p>According to Brian Weisman, Director of Sales at Matrix Solutions Inc., a federal government reseller based in Maryland, the Dominion KX II is a complete package that provides all the important features to help IT administrators simplify tasks, increase productivity and help lower escalating IT maintenance costs. “For the most demanding enterprise environments, the Dominion KX II comes through in flying colors,” said Weisman. “Even if a server crashes or is hung, requires booting to safe mode, or requires changes to BIOS parameters, you can count on the Dominion KX II to provide anytime, anywhere access in these real-world scenarios.”</p>
<p><b>Award-Winning Dominion Series</b></p>
<p>As a plug-and-play KVM appliance that installs in minutes, Dominion KX II is completely self-contained with all key features preloaded – including authentication and Web access. Since KX II provides BIOS-level access, servers are accessible even if a server’s operating system is not working or the network interface card has failed. If an Internet connection is unavailable, the KX II provides an integrated dedicated modem port for emergency dial-up access.</p>
<p>To protect servers from unauthorised access, KX II provides new features for added security – including strong password support and 128-bit Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) encryption of keyboard, video and mouse data. AES, which is a U.S. government approved cryptographic algorithm, is recommended by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in the FIPS Standard 197. KX II also provides built-in authentication, compatibility with third-party AAA servers, and SNMP and Syslog event management. The KX II’s remote power control enables users to power up, power down or power cycle servers connected to optional Raritan remote power control units.</p>
<p>Dominion KX II consists of two components: the KVM-over-IP switch and Computer Interface Modules (CIMs). A CIM, which connects to a server’s KVM ports, converts the video signals for transmission, as well as delivers “keep-alive keyboard/mouse emulation.” To protect investments and ease migration to KX II, CIMs from KX I and CIMs from selected Paragon® I and Paragon II KVM switches are supported.</p>
<p>All KX II models are CommandCentre® Secure Gateway (CC-SG 3.1.1) certified, so that multiple Dominion switches – and connected servers – can be managed from one IP address. CC-SG offers a significant set of convenient tools – such as consolidated enterprise-wide views, remote configuration and firmware updates – as well as a single authentication and authorisation access point to all targets connected to Raritan Dominion switches. In addition, CC-SG enables advanced server search, access and remote power control, as well as setup of Virtual Media permissions.</p>
<p><b>Pricing &amp; Availability</b></p>
<p>The Dominion KX II product line, which starts at AU$3,700 including GST, is available in Australia through Raritan’s extensive distribution channels, including KVM Australia and iTX Group Limited. The KX II is available in six models, ranging from 16-ports to 64-ports, and supports one local user and one, two or four remote users. The 64-port model will be available next quarter, which is the industry’s highest port density KVM-over-IP switch.</p>
<p>Two new CIMs are also available with Dominion KX II -- the new USB CIM (D2CIM-VUSB) that supports virtual media and absolute mouse synchronisation, and the Remote Power Control CIM (D2CIM-PWR). More information on the various Dominion KX II models can be found at http://www.raritan.com.au/products/kvm_switches/dominion_kxii/prd_line.aspx</p>
<p><b>About Raritan</b></p>
<p>Raritan, based in Somerset, N.J., is a leading provider of management solutions that simplify IT operations. Based on KVM (Keyboard, Video, Mouse) switches, serial console servers, management software, power management and remote connectivity, our secure solutions drive data centre and branch office efficiency and productivity in more than 50,000 locations around the world. Raritan also serves the OEM market by developing advanced, hardware-based, remote-management components based on KVM-over-IP and IPMI technologies. Founded in 1985, Raritan today has 38 offices worldwide, and its products are distributed in 76 countries. For more information, please visit www.raritan.com.au.</p>
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