Kvm Over Ip Vs Remote Access Software A Comparison

KVM over IP vs .​
Remote Access Software – a​ Comparison
With many IT departments operating in​ down-sized environments as​ well as​ under-staffed employees being forced to​ manage an​ exceptional amount of​ mission-critical server room equipment than what they can handle; the​ ability to​ remotely monitor and repair computer problems on​ the​ go is​ an​ important task in​ today’s modern data center .​
Two remote monitoring options available for controlling computers over IP means will allow network administrators to​ view computers and access problems as​ they arise .​
Following we compare and contrast the​ two most popular methods of​ remote access computer management in​ the​ industry today .​

Both hardware and software based remote computer management solutions offers users valuable remote IP access when needed; however,​ each solution holds their own when comparisons are drawn between these unique solutions .​
Although,​ they each share one main feature – hardware based KVM over IP devices and Remote Desktop client based software perform as​ though you​ are sitting directly in​ front of​ the​ target system,​ manageable from anywhere in​ the​ world with an​ internet connection.
A closer look behind the​ hardware component of​ KVM over IP and the​ software driven Remote Desktop makes them appear as​ two very similar remote access methods .​
In order to​ truly understand the​ key features as​ well as​ the​ crucial limitations of​ the​ two remote IP management products,​ here is​ a​ quick break-down of​ each individual solution.

KVM over IP Remote Access Management
KVM over IP is​ a​ hardware based solution which allows users to​ gain both in-band and out-of-band access to​ all the​ servers either connected to​ your KVM switch or​ directly connected to​ a​ single computer.
Late night trips to​ the​ data center to​ reboot one server have become a​ thing of​ the​ past because of​ this simple yet robust hardware component .​
KVM via IP front-end devices such as​ the​ Raritan Dominion KX101 will connect directly to​ a​ computer or​ a​ KVM switch and permits remote users to​ gain secure BIOS-level access to​ manage mission-critical servers .​
Remote IP management with products such as​ the​ Raritan Dominion KX or​ the
Avocent DS Series is​ conducted through a​ standard internet browser session .​
Front-end IP products work their magic by allowing remote users to​ gain full Keyboard,​ Video Monitor,​ Mouse access of​ the​ attached computer(s) from any location with internet connectivity.
Raritan's client software is​ automatically downloaded from the​ KX101; eliminating the​ need to​ install "client" software on​ each user desktop .​
Furthermore,​ Raritan’s client software supports most major Web browsers including; Internet Explorer,​ Mozilla Firefox,​ Netscape and Safari (Macintosh). 
Using the​ Raritan example once more,​ up to​ 8 users can remotely access the​ same server for teamed troubleshooting approach .​

Remote Access Software
Remote Access Software programs takes advantage of​ easily loading software on​ the​ local computer or,​ in​ some cases,​ both local and remote computers,​ and allows users to​ view and take remote keyboard,​ mouse and video monitor to​ view and access servers in​ the​ data center from any location with internet capabilities .​

Types of​ remote management software include VNC and PCanywhere .​
The PC based PCanywhere can only be used on​ windows based computer systems .​
VNC on​ the​ other hand can be used in​ most operating system environments across the​ board .​

Although most Remote Access software is​ simple to​ load and is​ free in​ most cases,​ you​ must install the​ remote management software on​ every machine in​ the​ data center that needs remote connectivity .​
Also,​ the​ bottom line regarding Remote Access Software is​ the​ fact that such a​ heavy focus is​ placed on​ having the​ remote operating systems up and running at​ the​ application level for the​ remote session to​ work properly .​
If the​ operating system crashes on​ the​ remote computer during remote connectivity at​ any time,​ users will be forced to​ take alternative ways to​ activate the​ remote computer .​
This will result in​ needing to​ physically reboot the​ remote server from a​ cold start in​ most cases.
Using a​ platform independent software approach,​ VNC or​ Virtual Network Computing,​ for example,​ requires users to​ load software both client and server computers .​
In addition,​ the​ local and remote computers do not need to​ be running the​ same operating system.

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