KVM basics – answers to the three most important questions about KVM

KVM basics – answers to the three most important questions about KVM

Today, we would like to take a closer look at what the three letters KVM actually stand for.

What does KVM stand for?KVM - more than just three letters

KVM is no trademark, no particular product and most certainly no company. It’s actually a technology, and one that needs thorough explaining. The abbreviation KVM is rather unexciting and simply stands for Keyboard, Video and Mouse. These are the three computer signals KVM products extend, distribute or multiplies; simple as that. Over the last years and increasing demands, more signals such as bidirectional audio, RS232 and transparent USB were added to the range of functions.

How does KVM work?

You will basically learn everything about the technology if you know the three main product groups: KVM extenders, KVM switches and KVM matrix switches.

Extenders, as their name suggests, extend computer signals from a sender to a receiver. You can remain in your cosy office while your computer enjoys the chilly atmosphere and safety of the server room.

Switches let you access multiple computers from your desk with just one keyboard, monitor and mouse.

Matrix switches unite the advantages of extenders and switches in one system. In addition they offer many management features.

Who can use the products?

Basically everyone working with computers, because the technology offers as many advantages as variants.

The use of KVM provides

  • An ergonomic workstation
  • Being able to work highly focused, because KVM products help remove computers from offices. Now you can say goodbye to emitting heat, radiation and crowded spaces.
  • Access to many computers without having to leave your workstation
  • Computer maintenance in the server room.

Other aspects like costs, technology and safety also play an important role. But we’ll talk about these aspects in another post.

What about you? Do you already use KVM products? And if yes, how do you use them?

by: Annette Häbel

Bianca Schmidt

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