7 Solutions for Powering, Protecting and Controlling Your Video Surveillance System

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Video surveillance is big business. A March 2017 report published by MarketsandMarkets, an international market research firm that serves 1,700 Fortune organizations worldwide, values the video surveillance market at $30.4 billion last year and projects that number to reach $75.6 billion by 2022.

Whether you use your video surveillance system to protect your assets, monitor employee behavior, deter tampering and theft, or lower your insurance rates, you want to be sure it’s reliable. Video surveillance systems can be vulnerable to power problems, such as blackouts, brownouts, surges, and line noise, that can disrupt security cameras and corrupt data. Here are seven solutions to help your system remain functioning at its full potential 24/7. [Read more…]

What’s the Difference between a KVM Switch and a Console Server?

KVM switches and console servers are both powerful tools for any data center or network closet, but their similar function often causes confusion. To put it in simple terms, there are two main differences between these devices:

1.    KVM switches can control PCs and servers, while console servers can control other serial and network-connected devices.
2.    KVM switches can only switch between the connected network devices, but console servers can access the system consoles of network devices to monitor and control their functionality.

Let’s take a closer look at the distinction between these two network management tools.

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The Many Uses of KVM Switches

KVM Switches are used in IT environments across a wide range of industries for benefits ranging from reducing desktop clutter to enabling remote access of network devices. If you haven’t integrated KVM Switches into your data center design, it’s time well spent to consider how you can use them to improve your operations. [Read more…]

Is Your “Secure” Network Really Secure?

Even a robust security plan can be compromised at the user access point. For this reason, KVM Switches that interface with both secure and non-secure networks pose a significant risk to data security and are often targeted by hackers. Some network managers avoid this issue altogether by keeping their networks completely separate. However, that solution requires more monitors, cabling, and greater overall energy demands.

NIAP-Certified Secure KVM Switches have solved this conundrum by saving energy and space in addition to meeting the high security standards set by the National Information Assurance Partnership (NIAP). [Read more…]