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December 17, 2010

ATEN Unveils Dual Rail LCD KVM Switches

ATEN announced the launch of new eight- and 16-port dual rail LCD KVM switches that complement the company’s comprehensive line of LCD products.

According to company sources the CL5808/CL5816 Slideaway switches offer access to multiple computers from two PS/2 or USB KVM consoles. Also a single CL5808/CL5816 can control up to eight or 16 computers. To enable future expansion about 31 additional compatible KVM switches can be daisy chained together. This allows up to 256 or 512 computers to be controlled from a single keyboard, monitor and mouse.

The ATEN (News - Alert) dual rail design enables the CL5808/CL5816’s 19 inch LCD monitor and keyboard/touchpad modules to slide independently of each other. In order to optimize space usage in the server room, the keyboard and touchpad slide to the back of the rack when not in use while the LCD monitor rotates flush against the rack. This also allows easy monitoring of computer activity. The switches support both PS/2- and USB-based keyboards and mice.

In a release James Hsieh, CEO of ATEN stated, “Complex IT infrastructures in today's businesses demand powerful solutions that provide flexible, convenient and centralized server room management.”

“Our new LCD KVMs integrates the latest technology in dual rail housing with advanced technical features to meet the uncompromising requirements of enterprise implementation,” Hsieh added.

The benefits offered by the new CL5808 and CL5816 to network administrators include ATEN’s Slideaway  functionality to maximize real estate in the rack, also users who already have a compatible KVM switch can quickly take advantage of the space saving and efficiency benefits of the sliding console module.

The external console supports PS/2 or USB external mice and keyboards and the dual interface supports either USB or PS/2 KVMs or computers.

The DDC Emulation enables video settings of servers to be automatically adjusted for optimum display and the broadcast mode allows users to broadcast commands from the console to all connected computers/servers simultaneously. This makes it most suitable for OS/firmware upgrades or system shutdowns.

ATEN manufactures KVM (keyboard/video/mouse) switches besides remote management, LCD consoles, video and data connectivity solutions. ATEN products support a range of data center, desktop and digital signage environments. The company’s clientele includes enterprise, government, SME and SOHO customers. ATEN operates from offices in California and New Jersey besides offices in Taiwan, Belgium, Korea, Japan, China and the United Kingdom.

Shamila Janakiraman is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Shamila’s articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Chris DiMarco

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