KVM over IP; coming to a Desktop/Laptop near you!

February 4th, 2010 at 11:58 PM  No Comments

Today I saw a tweet from @DellServerGeek about a new technology that Intel has developed in partnership with RealVNC for the new Intel vPro 2010 series chips.  This amazing technology will allow IT Support to be able to connect to a machine, even when the machine can’t boot and resolve the users issue without the need for a technician to be sent out on site.  This KVM over IP technology has been around for some time in the server realm with DRAC cards from Dell or Lights-out boards from HP but I believe this is the first time it has been tried on Desktop/Laptop machines.

This new technology will not only allow the remote technician to take control of the machine but also will give the technician the option to turn the machine on or off remotely as well as rebooting the machine when it does not respond to keyboard or mouse gestures.  You can also use the IDE Redirection option to remotely boot to a cd or image.

Check out the RealVNC site for videos and more detailed information!

KVM over IP and a Bad Demo

November 26th, 2009 at 5:45 PM  1 Comment

We are going through a major Avaya upgrade at work.  Since we are moving to VoIP we are making changes to our network as well as some of the infrastructure to prepare for the upgrades.  We have a bit left over from the budget so we are trying to fit a KVM over IP solution into the current budgeted numbers and I can tell you it has been pretty challenging.

I have previously used the Startech KVM over IP product as well as one of their switched PDU’s and I was not impressed.  The pricing fit into our budget but I didn’t want to buy crappy equipment jut because it fit into our price range.  After looking through the CDW website I found a solution from Aten that I liked so I contacted my CDW rep to schedule a demo.  He also said I should look at a Belkin solution and a Avocent solution all within the budget.

In the mean time Belkin had a demo available on their web site.  I signed up for the demo and it worked pretty well but I was hoping for a more robust solution so I waited for the Aten demo to be setup.

The Aten demo started off like most demos, with a power point presentation written word by word by a sales representative.   The technician that was supposed to be joining the call was running late and after the sales rep. finished his power point, he hunted down the technician and got him on the phone.  The technician shared their screen and logged into one of their units.  He jumped around a lot and the connection between him and the KVM device was severed twice during the 20 minute demo.  He claimed it was network issues at his local site and nothing to do with the Aten equipment.

After the warm and fuzzy feeling disappeared after seeing the bad Aten demo I asked my CDW rep to get a representative from Avocent on the phone.  We scheduled a demo with Avocent and everything went very well.  I was very impressed with their product and everything worked the way it should.

I figured I would end this post with a little bit of advice to any sales representatives reading this.  If someone asks for a demo of your product this is your chance to close the deal.  Make sure everyone is on time, you don’t just read directly from a power point AND when it comes time to show your product it actually works.  I would say if you could only choose one of these points to excel at… the last one is the most important.