Improvements to keyboard video mouse (KVM) architecture, including IP-based solutions, provide more flexibility and less frustration.
KVM systems have long been one of the hidden foundations of control rooms. They have evolved from being an occasional use tool for setup and troubleshooting into one of those infrastructure items, used every moment of the day. However, KVM is often not at the top of the list when describing the features of a new control room. Just like the foundation of a building, the KVM system is one of those unseen elements that supports the entire system.
As computing platforms take on an ever-increasing role in control rooms and operations centers, the ability to gain access quickly and reliably to those platforms becomes more important. Early adopters of KVM systems often found them to be a necessary evil: a solution that provided some of the needed features in terms of usability and space savings, but that often left users frustrated with system performance and scalability. Modern KVM systems have made enormous progress in addressing and overcoming those frustrations.
Current KVM systems offer a wide range of platforms with a host of options to address the requirements of a control room from direct-connected systems to those that make use of customer-supplied IP networks. These systems enable users to configure the number of inputs and outputs and the overall size of the KVM systems based on requirements. Systems can be architected to accommodate large distances, high performance and varying levels of system redundancy and resiliency.