Raritan today announced the new release of the Dominion® KX II that delivers improved usability and advanced management features designed to increase data center productivity. Release 2.3 of the KVM-over-IP switch provides new security features, the industry’s highest video resolution and new flexible configurations.
With high-definition, remote video resolution of 1920 x1080 pixels and multi-monitor support, the Dominion KX II makes managing servers easier. It offers full- and wide-screen options, and users can set the default settings to open KVM sessions in full-screen mode on a secondary monitor. "It’s a huge productivity boost for IT administrators who need to multitask to survive," said Raritan Senior Product Manager Richard Dominach. "Multiple monitors mean that IT administrators can simultaneously and productively work more issues, and HD video resolution means they can take full advantage of today’s larger LCD monitors."
Designed for customers requiring secure server access from anywhere, Dominion KX II switches enable multiple IT administrators -- remote and local users -- to access multiple servers. The KX II provides BIOS-level access, so that all servers, including blades, are always accessible -- even if a server's operating system is not working. The KX II also enables remote installation of software, file transfers, data backup and diagnostics with its Universal Virtual Media feature, and can control power to servers with optional remote power strips.
"Our enterprise-class Dominion KX II switches are designed to be flexible and support virtually any customer situation," said Peter Suriani, Raritan Director of Product Management. "The Dominion KX family offers the largest number of configurations. We are the only company that offers 64-port digital KVM switches. We also offer 1-, 8-, 16- and 32-port switches. Flexible configurations are supported by our new Cascading feature and our Extended Local Port feature."
Other new features in Dominion KX II 2.3 include:
Tiering/Cascading -- Directly connect one (base) KX II switch to others (tiered switches), and access the tiered switches through the base switch. This feature is useful for local port consolidation, and also enables small and medium-sized businesses to consolidate remote access to multiple KX II switches.
Dual Computer Interface Module (CIM) -- Connect one target server to two KX II switches with this CIM to increase redundancy and reliability, and to double the IP access to the target server. If one switch has used up all its IP user channels, for example, the target server can still be accessed using the other switch.
Security Enhancements -- New security features include: Customizable security banner when logging in, and configurable TCP/IP ports to frustrate hackers. Dominion KX II's advanced security features include: 256-bit and 128-bit Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) of keyboard, video, mouse and virtual media data, strong password support, password aging, per-port authorization and built-in authentication capabilities. Dominion KX II integrates with industry-standard directory servers -- such as Microsoft® Active Directory, using either the LDAP or RADIUS protocols -- which enables the use of pre-existing username/password databases for security.
The Dominion KX II is also the first digital KVM switch with an embedded Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) 140-2 certified encryption module, making it the most secure KVM-over-IP switch in the industry. Designed to protect sensitive information in data centers, the FIPS 140-2 Cryptographic Module in the Dominion KX II encrypts KVM session traffic consisting of video, keyboard, mouse, virtual media and smart card data.
For additional security or compliance measures, Raritan offers smart card-authentication security with the Dominion® KX II Smart Card Reader Solution.
About the Award-Winning Dominion KX II
Raritan's extensive Dominion KX II portfolio, ranging from one port to 64 ports, helps IT teams manage more - servers, locations, technology platforms, applications -- with fewer resources. The KVM-over-IP switch's easy-to-use, browser-based interface provides a consistent user experience for both remote and at-the-rack server management. The self-contained Dominion KX II comes with all key features, including authentication and Web-access, built into the appliance.
The Dominion KX II's advanced productivity features include a number of industry firsts. Its unique Absolute Mouse Synchronization feature eliminates time-consuming extra steps to adjust mouse settings for each target server. For high availability, all models come with dual power supplies with automatic failover -- the only KVM-over-IP switch family with this feature standard.
The Extended Local Port feature, which is available on the KX2-864 and KX2-832 switches, helps increase productivity by extending the local port to another system or spot in the data center, or to a Raritan Paragon® II switch for consolidated access. The feature, for example, can provide extended access in a control room or NOC, or extend access to an area adjacent to a data center.
All Dominion KX II models are CommandCenter® Secure Gateway Certified, so that multiple Dominion switches and connected servers can be managed from one IP address.
Visit Raritan.com/KVM for more information on the Dominion Series.
Raritan (Raritan.com) is a proven innovator of power management, infrastructure management, KVM and serial solutions for data centers of all sizes. In more than 50,000 locations worldwide, Raritan's award-winning hardware and software solutions -- including intelligent PDUs, energy management software, KVM-over-IP and Serial-over-IP access products -- provide IT and facility directors, managers and administrators with the control they need to increase power management efficiency, improve data center productivity and enhance branch office operations. Based in Somerset, N.J., Raritan has offices worldwide serving 76 countries.
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