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Linux powers scalable IP KVM switch

Aug 10, 2007 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive

Out-of-band networking specialist MRV Communications introduced a Linux-powered scalable IP KVM (keyboard/video/mouse) switch at LinuxWorld in San Francisco this week. The MK-348 is touted as a 48-port IP KVM switch with integrated firewall capabilities, aimed at “high-density data center server farms.”…

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In addition to “state-of-the-art” IP-based remote KVM capabilities, the MK-348 also provides 8 analog ports, MRV says. Both KVM methods are said to support “all common” screen resolutions up to UXGA (1600 x 1200 pixels), with 150 MHz analog bandwidth and 150 megapixels/sec digital sampling rate.

The company claims the device's 48 server ports — within a single 1U rack-mount enclosure — to be an “industry record.”

The MK-348 “is based on an embedded Linux operating system “for cost effectiveness and to leverage security and other features inherent in Linux,” MVR said in a statement. “Additionally, the switch offers a traditional management command line interface familiar to Linux and Unix users in addition to a graphical user interface.”

The MK-348 can be remotely controlled by means of Orion, a Java-based client application. The company says this “easy-to-use” application enables remote, Web-based administration of servers and of the KVM switch itself, without any software installation.

Touted MX-348 features and specifications include:

  • 48 server ports
  • 8 total KVM sessions:
    • 3 digital (over IP) users
    • 1 direct access at the rack
    • 8 remote analog users
  • Multi-platform Cat-5 adapters; support PS/2, USB, and Sun devices
  • Dual network interface, including Gigabit Ethernet interface
  • Supports “all common resolutions” up to UXGA 1600 x 1200, over both IP and analog
  • High color (16-bit) palette, mid (8-bit), low (6-bit), and gray-scale support
  • Integrated firewall
  • Extensive security features
  • Automatic performance tuning
  • Client full-screen mode for “local-like” experience
  • Macros and customizable per user/server connection configuration
  • Remote software and firmware upgradeable
  • Performance analysis (statistic counters, debug logs)

The MX-348 is expected to ship in September. Pricing starts at about $8,500.


 
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