! Dominion KSX is an integrated KVM-over-IP and serial-over-IP appliance
designed to manage the variety of equipment that is typically found in the server
closets of remote offices and branch offices. It provides all the features
necessary for managing both Windows-based servers and serially controlled
devices in a single, self-contained appliance via a Web browser.
P a r a g o n I I
Paragon II, Raritan's analog KVM switch, is modular in design and can be expanded
as the IT infrastructure grows. The Paragon product family has been in the field for
over four years, controlling more than one million servers.
Raritan has a full complement of KVM equipment. With the introduction of
CommandCenter, analog and digital KVM-over-IP solutions provide a high degree of
management control both locally and remotely. Raritan's products can grow as the
server infrastructure expands, and the equipment is both forward- and backward-
compatible, a benefit not available from all KVM vendors.
CH AL L E N G E S
When combined with management hardware and software, KVM and serial console
technology can improve system reliability, manageability, and security, resulting in lower
TCO and less downtime. It is critical that KVM and serial console equipment be part of any
initial design and upgrade plans for networked devices, including client devices and
servers. CIOs must be part of the system design process from the outset so that the
resulting solution is successful. KVM and management hardware should be considered to
be an integral part of the IT infrastructure rather than a nice-to-have add-on technology.
The challenge for KVM manufacturers and suppliers is to educate the marketplace,
communicating with IT executives and CIOs about the long-term benefits of a
complete KVM solution. IT administrators are often more concerned about short-term
solutions, whereas CIOs tend to be concerned with long-term IT planning issues.
KVM equipment has become more sophisticated over the past five years and
provides much more capability than it did in the early phases of its evolution. The
challenge for KVM players is to raise product awareness and to show the benefits of
a KVM solution to CIOs through a cost-benefit analysis.
KVM solution technology has changed over the past few years. Some vendors now
offer KVM-like solutions that are embedded into the motherboard. Vendors with these
offerings could be a threat to traditional KVM players. The challenge for Raritan is to
stay ahead of the technology curve. The company needs to expand its product
offerings through acquisitions. Raritan's acquisition of Peppercon AG portends an
expansion of Raritan's OEM channel and new embedded remote management
systems and subsystems. Competitors such as Avocent have taken the acquisition
approach and been quite successful. The KVM landscape is evolving, and Raritan
must evolve with it. Although Raritan is on the right path for continued success, it
must look outside the KVM-only solution and evolve with the computer marketplace.