Controlling servers and other IT rack equipment remotely is not only part of an IT administrator’s job, but has become essential to ensure networks and data are available 24/7 without having to be physically in the office. There are several options available to remotely control servers such as software suites, smart PDUs, intelligent UPS systems and interactive KVM switches. The one common thread is the need for a PC, laptop or notebook to communicate with the servers. One option that does not require a computer to control servers remotely is a console station that is connected to a KVM switch. This allows for enhanced security and increased flexibility in case of a network power emergency.
A console station can be used in place of a desktop or laptop computer to control servers that are connected to KVM switches. It does not have an operating system or software, which eliminates the risk of a virus, malware or a key tracker running in the background. Users add a keyboard, mouse and HDMI monitor to the console station to control multiple servers. In panel array mode, users can view the video output from multiple connected servers.
A Java-free platform allows administrators to avoid access issues and security vulnerabilities associated with Java applets. Console stations require only a single sign-in to access connected KVM switches on the network, consolidating management and removing the need for multiple passwords. Most console stations also accept USB flash drives and allow each drive to act as virtual media on the connected servers.
Top Features & Benefits of a Console Station
- Secure Access
- Absence of an operating system and software eliminates the risk of a virus, malware or a key tracker running in the background
- Access is restricted to servers connected to KVM switches
- Controlled Hardware
- There are no system or software updates to track and monitor
- Administrators always know what is on the hardware used for remote access because it does not change
- Consolidated Management
- A single sign-on grants access to all connected KVM switches on the network
- Simplified management saves time and boosts efficiency
- Virtual media remotely connects storage media to a target server anywhere on the network
- Panel array mode uses an HDMI monitor to view the video output from multiple connected servers