Avocent Switches Security On

by Sohini Bagchi    Jan 04, 2006

With growing complexity in data centers and a need to perk up infrastructure management, enterprises are looking for solutions to control hundreds of servers from a single box.

In an informative discussion with CXOtoday, Monish Chhabria, Country Business Manager, Avocent India, outlined the trends in infrastructure management, whilst especially focusing on why KVM switches will gain momentum in the years to come.

The market for infrastructure management in India, pegged at nearly $40 million and that of KVM solutions is nearly $6 million, is expected to grow at an average of 40% in the next two to three years.

Chhabria pointed out that handling data is always a sensitive task and CIOs/ CTOs find it increasingly difficult to rely on a single point-of-protection when guarding against threats. They therefore demand a multi-layered technology that caters to the challenges of security, centralized control, remote accessibility, scalability and flexibility.

“Multi-layered technology is used in KVM switching to prevent security threats on critical financial data,” he said. “KVM switches should be designed such that it integrates with the IM software and give the CIO access to thousands of servers. This is particularly true in a data centre, where you have hundreds of machines using different platform-dependent software packages, it is important that the applications should talk to each other, otherwise deploying and maintenance becomes a very expensive affair.”

On being queried about the advantages of KVM over IP switching systems, he informed that KVM switches enabled IT managers to control physical access to critical data center resources as well as power systems, environmental controls, security devices, branch office servers and other distributed IT assets.

Commenting on Avocent offerings, Chhabria said, “Avocent KVM over IP solutions offer security architecture used by thousands of customers worldwide in complex IT environments. Our objective is to enhance security mechanisms in response to evolving threats and changing approaches to enterprise security management.”

Among various verticals, Chhabria felt that banking was one hot area where KVM switches were being preferred because of the remote branch networks that need to be managed. He also included Indian banks’ investment in DR sites as a key trend contributing to the sale of digital KVM switches.

Apart from Banking, IT, ITeS and other organizations having remote access may benefit from a digital KVM switch as it helps monitor and fix servers remotely.

He informed CXOtoday that Avocent is leading the market with connectivity and manageability solutions that centralize the control of not only servers, but also network devices in multiple locations.

“Our solutions are laden with features that make it especially effective for supporting layered enterprise IT security. This supports the implementation of highly secure server rooms that strictly control physical access to servers, while eliminating the labor and potential for errors that arises when views are manually populated,” he asserted.

On the various tips to CIOs in selecting the right KVM switches, he mentioned that Secure KVM systems should offer mirrored, redundant authentication capabilities with fully automatic fail-over functionality can defeat interruption due to power failures, fire, severe weather or other types of disasters.

Emphasizing on Avocent’s offerings he said, “We are the only KVM provider with hub and spoke fail-over architecture that delivers powerful technology for achieving security, which replicates database system. This allows for real-time updates and load balancing across multiple sites.”

On the various roadmap of the company, he outlined that with a lot of cost-effective tailor-made strategies in the pipeline, Avocent was penetrating the SMB segment this year and extremely bullish about it. He feels that there is an ardent need to improve infrastructure management among this sector by providing an effective management interface to improve access to business critical devices.