If you’ve got a small server room with a handful to 20 servers, the chances are that you will need a KVM switch. KVM switches are popular devices and so there are a huge range of options available from very simple low cost personal switches to sophisticated devices with integrated KVM-over-IP and matrix switching capabilities.
A dual link, dual head digital video and USB (VM) fanless KVM extender that runs over a single cable on your standard IP network. Equipped with RealVNC, computers outside the network can be remotely and securely accessed
‘Take Back Your Rack’ with the ADDERLink INFINITY 100T
Cambridge, January 2018: Adder Technology, the high performance, IP-based KVM (keyboard, video, mouse) specialist, has announced the launch of the ADDERLink INFINITY 100T (ALIF100T). The ALIF100T is a zero-U, IP-based, USB powered KVM transmitter that can form part of the ADDERLink INFINITY solution. It can be plugged straight into the back of any computer, meaning it takes up zero U if rack mounted, can hang from the back of the source and can be easily retrofitted into any existing infrastructure.
The ADDERLink INFINITY 100T has been developed in response to customer demand and a definite gap in the market for a zero-U, high performance KVM transmitter. The new transmitter is ideal for use in applications where rack space is at a premium, organisations are trying to bring costs down and a cost-effective, high performance KVM solution is required.
In addition to saving on rack space, savings are made on power consumption and installation costs. The ADDERLink INFINITY 100T uses only 2 watts, which ensures less heat is generated and less cooling is required, therefore bringing down costs substantially. The device can also be powered directly from USB, meaning there is no need for power distribution units (PDUs), again saving on costs and required space.
“The ADDERLink INFINITY 100T is revolutionary in its design, taking up significantly less real estate within the cabinet and eliminating the need for costly rack space,” says John Halksworth, senior product manager, Adder Technology.
“This is especially attractive to organisations that are looking to upgrade or update their current KVM systems with the ADDERLink INFINITY range but are hindered by the lack of space or the cost of redesigning their current infrastructure. Retrofitting high performance KVM into environments designed around legacy, outdated equipment is challenging and expensive, sometimes requiring a complete redesign. However, with the new transmitter, businesses can easily and cost effectively take advantage of the ADDERLink INFINITY solution without this costly step.”
The new ADDERLink transmitter adds to the company’s existing product range, and works with the ADDERLink INFINITY Manager (A.I.M.) and ADDERLink INFINITY receivers.
The ADDERLink INFINITY 100T will be shipping from 15th March 2018. Sample units will be available from 19th February after ISE 2018 in Amsterdam.
About Adder Technology
Adder Technology is a leading developer and thought leader in connectivity solutions. Adder's media networks, extenders and keyboard, video and mouse switch solutions enable the control and distribution of IT systems around the world. The company distributes its products in more than 60 countries through a network of distributors, resellers and OEMs. Adder has offices in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, China and Singapore.
Adder’s user base ranges across markets such as Retail, Financial, Industrial, Medical, Broadcast, Air Traffic Control, Digital Signage, Military and Server Management. Adder manufactures products under its own brand as well as for a number of OEM customers and its products are marketed and supported by a global network of resellers and distributors.
For more information please visit www.adder.com
Large areas of the broadcast sector are adopting IP across their facilities — using a standard network infrastructure to transport video, USB and data throughout the entire broadcast workflow. The benefits of IP are immense: cost savings, improved scalability and flexibility. Faced with rising costs, shrinking budgets and the drive to do more with less, IP is providing the answers to many broadcast challenges.
IP-based KVM has long been seen as a shining example of just how beneficial the use of IP can be, and as more broadcasters make the move to adopting IP networks for use within and across campuses, IP-based KVM continues to add value. How does it add this value? Here are ten ways:
IP-based KVM provides tremendous flexibility to operations, allowing organisations to use switching and extension functionality in order to free up space and improve the ergonomics of working environments. Having the ability to locate computing resources away from user workspace via copper and/or fibre networks, for example, is particularly beneficial when moving premises or upgrading operational infrastructure. With an IP-based KVM matrix, existing infrastructure may be used to add access points or re-route parts of a network. This was perfectly illustrated recently when Frankfurt city centre was evacuated because of the need to defuse a large Second World War bomb. Within this evacuation area were companies who owned traditional matrixes that could not be accessed from outside without the use of IP to reroute their broadcast networks.
IP-based KVM can expand (or contract) to serve any number of computers/users. Designed to suit your developing needs, growing as your business grows. You don’t have to know whether you are going to need 288 or 96 ports at the beginning of your project. Unlike traditional KVM, there is no ceiling to the number of connected users or computers. It also means that stage one of an installation could consist of acquiring a host of extenders, with stage two involved in turning that point to point extender set-up into a fully switchable matrix.
3. Return on Investment
The cost of standard IP networking equipment is also far cheaper and more accessible than proprietary equipment, and the use of universal protocols means return on investment is swift. Because it is so easy to scale, end points can quickly and cost-effectively be added to the network, without buying an expensive piece of proprietary hardware to enable the expansion.
4. Multi-subnet enabled
Using a network, and subnets, allows for very large-scale matrices with additional points of redundancy, resilience and improved network traffic management, e.g. across a campus or plant, even with optional WAN access. Instead of needing one manager and one set of redundant options per matrix, subnetting allows regional backup matrix managers to be centralised. By being able to subnet KVM operations along the same lines of your existing network, user and location infrastructure, means that all systems can be treated in the same way and looked after by the same administrator.
5. Without distance limitations
Proprietary KVM solutions often have extension distance limitations between users and computers, and if this distance is exceeded, the image quality degrades markedly with each additional metre. Yet, this distance is rarely enough for many applications, including outside broadcasts such as sporting events or festivals. IP-based KVM provides a cost-effective solution in environments where extension distances are conquered with routing though IP networks, including a combination of copper and/or fibre, as required.
6. Without endpoint limitations
With IP, there is no limit to the numbers of endpoint devices that can be connected, whether they are computers, tablets, cameras or users. Moving to IP-based KVM adds huge possibilities to your workflow and the infrastructure setup, not the amount of user connections permitted by your proprietary switch.
7. Standard protocols
Whether you are transmitting HD, 4K, USB, DVI or VGA, IP offers a standard transport protocol, ensuring maximum capability with existing infrastructure. It is simply a matter of transmitting at differing data rates. Because of this, broadcasters can save money on hardware, infrastructure and personnel costs.
8. Ease of configuration
Configuration becomes easy with IP-based KVM because you can take advantage of the inbuilt tools that IP provides, such as DHCP. The DHCP server, hosted within the network, helps automatically set the network IP addresses for you. The network configuration of each individual device is handled by the controller software, meaning that a system is extremely easy to set up and expand.
The investment made by the big hardware manufacturers such as Cisco, HP and Jupiter to develop and optimise their networking equipment is hundredfold the investment made by proprietary hardware manufacturers. In 2016, the Ethernet switch market was worth about $24.5 billion; of which Cisco, HP and Juniper made up 70%. Keeping this in mind, technology and IP-based KVM hardware manufacturers like Adder Technology can utilise the investment these large businesses make into network research and development by using IP as the transport network.
10. Future proof your network
The future is IP – especially as broadcasters are making significant investments in moving to SMPTE 2110. The new standard creates a larger market and better choices for customers as it offers the flexibility to come up with a whole new set of vendor-agnostic applications based on, and leveraged off, IT protocols and infrastructure. Broadcasters can invest in infrastructure and know they’re picking the best solution for any application thanks to this new-found level of IP interoperability, creating a more secure future for their requirements. The same applies to an IP-based KVM solution — it is a significant step towards future-proofing your network. With the ability to expand quickly and cost-effectively, you’re no longer relying on proprietary equipment and can make the most from your initial technology investment.
The ADDERLink INFINITY Manager (A.I.M.) transforms the ADDERLink INFINITY extenders into a matrix system, centrally coordinated and controlled. Using the A.I.M., the administrator can manage both the transmitter and receiver units, but also configure access rights and gather a full audit train through an intuitive, multilingual user interface. “Does it get any better?” I hear you say. With the release of our new firmware, A.I.M. V4.7, it does. Here’s the breakdown.
Support for ALIF100T
The new release enables the ADDERLink INFINITY Manager to recognize and connect to the latest addition to the range, the ALIF100T. The world’s smallest KVM transmitter, it takes up Zero U in your rack and consumes significantly less power, whilst maintaining all the benefits of our High Performance IP-based ADDERLink INFINITY transmitters: pixel perfect video and high speed USB. And all under 1GB!
Want to see it in action? Here’s Jamie Adkin giving the low down at ISE 2018.
Added flexibility to the OSD
The ADDERLink INFINITY range benefits from a quick & intuitive switching through the multilingual OSD. Users have personal logins and can choose channel connections and presets, within predefined access rights set by the administrator.
A new addition to the OSD, introduced with firmware V4.7, is the ability to associate an ADDER C-USB-LAN receiver with an ADDERLink INFINITY receiver, and switch the devices using the OSD. The C-USB-LAN is a High Performance USB extender that can transmit USB2.0 over a single CATx cable or via 1GbE IP network.
Now you can create a high-speed USB matrix in parallel with your High Performance KVM network using the same network infrastructure & shared management. That will allow you to use web cams, audio headset, pen drives and colour grading tools such as Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve.
Other benefits of the firmware release include the addition of 3440x1440@60Hz to the EDID list; the ability to have multiple DNS server IP addresses; the manual editing of email addresses to overcome issues with exchange 2010 servers not complying to RFC2821.
If a primary A.I.M. unit has failed, the new firmware release issues a warning to users via the OSD, which improves the user experience by keeping them informed, and facilitates troubleshooting for the admin.
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Cambridge, United Kingdom. Adder Technology, the high performance, IP-based KVM (keyboard, video, mouse) specialist, will be unveiling its latest innovation at next year’s Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) event in Amsterdam. The Adder stand will host a wide range of the company’s existing solutions as well as a new, yet-to-be-announced product.
The existing Adder solutions on show at ISE 2018 will include the Adder CCS-PRO8 command and control switch, which allows operators to control up to eight machines across eight (or more) displays using just one mouse and keyboard. It is ideal for improving ergonomics in a control setting where spacing or layout is important and management of multiple computers from one station is required. The Adder CCS-PRO8 also features FreeFlow technology, which enables users to move from one display to the next simply by moving the mouse across a screen border.
The new AdderLink XDIP will also be on display. Ideal for small to medium-sized extension and matrix installations, the solution uses existing infrastructure to provide extension and switching between different computers. The AdderLink XDIP can also be used in multiple configurations, features intelligent EDID and a local feed through port.
Most importantly, Adder Technology will be using ISE 2018 to unveil a brand new, yet-to-be-announced product, the details of which will be released in the build-up to the event. Attendees at ISE 2018 will be the first in the world to see the product and view live demonstrations.
John Halksworth, senior product manager at Adder Technology, says: “ISE is one of the biggest annual events on our calendar, and we’re looking forward to showing the thousands of attendees how high performance, IP-based KVM technology can bring a wide range of benefits to control rooms and working environments across different industries.
“As well as the existing popular and well-respected products we’ll have on display, including our Adder CCS-PRO8 and AdderLink XDIP, we’re excited to reveal a brand new product for the very first time. Although we aren’t announcing any product details until nearer the time, we think attendees at ISE will be impressed with what we have to offer.”
ISE 2018 will take place on 6-9 February 2018 at the RAI Amsterdam. For more information around Adder Technology’s product range, head to the Adder website or visit the team at ISE 2018 on stand 10-P182.