No matter whether you are planning a large KVM installation with hundreds, or even thousands, of devices or just a small one in a tight space, such as in an OB van: when it comes to security and function, you shouldn’t make any compromises. With the aim of providing a solution tailored to your requirements, we offer you a wide range of versions (the portfolio is compatible and items in it can be combined with each other). In the classic matrix systems, you choose between modular and compact central modules in different expansion sizes. As for the KVM-over-IP range, installations are scalable by using the network technology and can be expanded without limit. The demand for this flexibility is not always required and people look for a more compact solution for an enclosed, smaller application. Therefore, we also provide the ControlCenter-IP-XS in addition to the IP-matrix switch ControlCenter-IP. Read on in this article to learn what exactly sets these devices apart and what features they are equipped with.
KVM-over-IP – a brief explanation
Classic KVM systems use standard connection technology, usually CAT 5e, CAT 6 or CAT 7 copper cables or glass fibers for single-mode or multi-mode. With KVM-over-IP systems, the data is transferred in the conventional network via network switches and routers. The KVM-over-IP central module, on the other hand, contributes to the switching logic. The transmission occurs in compressed form with CAT cabling or fiber optic cables via standard IP-based networks on layer 3. In the network, the central modules, i.e. the ControlCenter-IP or the ControlCenter-IP-XS, take care of the logic. In addition, they guarantee that all devices can reach each other and also ensure the switching between the console and computer modules.
The system size is virtually unlimited. With the ability to connect an unlimited number of end devices to each other, the ControlCenter-IP virtually abolishes the limits of dedicated transmission. If you should want to expand your system at some point, you can always do this with additional licenses. When it comes to the transmission length as well, you don’t have to make any compromises, because the dedicated cabling at devices is not required and standard network component (COTS) are used.
ControlCenter-IP-XS – space-saving at high performance
Unlike the ControlCenter-IP, the ControlCenter-IP-XS is suitable for basic installations with up to 20 end devices. Thanks to the space-saving design, the XS version of the ControlCenter-IP is a good entry-level version, which you can combine with different modules from the KVM-over-IP product family. Unlike with the ControlCenter-IP, the end device limit for the XS version cannot be expanded beyond 20.
Versatile signals and features
You remain flexible when choosing the corresponding end devices as well, benefiting from the transmission of diverse signals, such as DVI-Single- and Dual-Link, DP1.1 and DP1.2 and true 4K@60 Hz over IP.
In addition, the two versions of the matrix switch come with many useful and popular control room features, such as
- scenario switching,
- the push-get function for optimal cooperation in teams and incorporation of video walls,
- CrossDisplay-Switching for intuitive operation on multi-monitor workplaces and
- an extensive user and rights management via a web interface.
Security is paramount – regardless of the size of the matrix installation
Since the devices do not have to be wired to each other in the two systems and are connected via a network, the transmission security of course plays a major role. This is why both systems offer various options for increasing security in critical environments.
All communication and data transmission via the ControlCenter-IP and the ControlCenter-IP-XS occurs via permanent AES-128 encryption. In addition, the central modules or the end components only access the standard interfaces of the computer, which eliminates the need to install additional software.
Trusted Platform Module (TPM)
Bootloader, operating system and firmware of ControlCenter-IP and ControlCenter-IP-XS form a Trusted Computing Platform. This protects the systems from third party tampering. An integrated Trusted Platform Module (TPM hardware module) with an RSA encryption method and a key length of 2048 bits secures all access and configuration data from being spied on in the process.
In addition, particularly sensitive information, such as login data and passwords, is permanently stored in encrypted form. Possible firmware modifications are also identified at an early stage and abort the boot process.
ControlCenter-IP: MatrixGuard – as safe as it gets
It is important to integrate backup systems into the system in case of possible failures, especially with extremely large KVM matrix installations. That is why the ControlCenter-IP not only includes a redundant power supply and a redundant network interface, but also a MatrixGuard function. If the main module should fail in an installation with several ControlCenter-IP central modules, one of the other ControlCenter-IP units takes on the role of the main module. This permanently ensures the continuous operation of the entire system, and you can continue your work without interruption.
Overview: ControlCenter-IP – ControlCenter-IP-XS
To get a better overview, the following table will provide you with a comparison of the most important properties of the two matrix switches. Of course, both variants offer more than what is described here. So should you have more questions about the devices, their application or the structure of a matrix system for your requirements, feel free to get in touch with us.
|KVM-over-IP and CAT-x||✅||✅|
|Range||100 m||100 m|
|Data rate||10 Mbit/s, 100 Mbit/s, 1 GBit/s||10 Mbit/s, 100 Mbit/s|
|End device limit||unlimited (includes 20 licenses)||20 (cannot be expanded)|
|Encrypted communication/data transmission||✅||✅|
|Redundant power supply||✅||❌|
|Redundant network interface||✅||❌|
|Configuration via web interface||✅||✅|
|Dimensions (W × H × D):||435 × 44 × 210 mm||109 × 30.5 × 184 mm|
|Weight||approx. 2.2 kg||approx. 0.6 kg|
- ControlCenter-IP vs. ControlCenter-IP-XS: a comparison - 14. September 2022
- KVM for professional streaming and gaming – here’s how it works - 1. September 2022
- G&D’s KVM highlights for fall 2022 – meet us live at these events - 18. August 2022