New Black Box DKM Matrix Switch Delivers Instant Switching in Four Different Modes for Data Center, Control Room and Classroom Settings

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Scalable Matrix KVM Switch Supports up to 1024 Ports with Fiber/Copper Cabling Compatibility and Easy-to-Use Configuration for Instantaneous Switching

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“Where other switch devices might black out the screen for up to 8 to 10 seconds while making a switch, the DKM delivers instant switching with no delay and no re-configuration required,” said Mike McCurry, product manager for ServSwitch at Black Box.

Black Box Corporation (NASDAQ:BBOX), an industry-leading provider of voice communications, data infrastructure and product solutions, today announced the launch of its new ServSwitch DKM DVI-D KVM Matrix Switch that delivers instantaneous switching in four different modes to enable multiple users to control multiple CPUs from a single workstation.

Ideal for control room, data center, or classroom environments, the ServSwitch DKM is available in five different models to connect 8 workstations to 8, 16, or 32 CPUs, or 16 workstations to 16 or 32 CPUs with high-resolution DVI-D and USB keyboard and mouse connectivity, plus USB peripheral and audio device support.

“Where other switch devices might black out the screen for up to 8 to 10 seconds while making a switch, the DKM delivers instant switching with no delay and no re-configuration required,” said Mike McCurry, product manager for ServSwitch at Black Box. “Not only does this save time in a typical business or educational setting, but it can be a crucial advantage in war-room or public safety environments where time is of the essence.”

Featuring hotkey controls and an on-screen display (OSD) configuration system, the device features plug-and-play ease of setup and delivers 1920 x 1200 maximum video resolution at 60 Hz over the full cable distance.

Four different operation modes mean the switch can handle multi-user, multi-CPU applications in a variety of configurations including:

  •     Standard KVM mode that allows up to 8 or 16 users to instantly switch to and control 8, 16, or 32 CPUs with the same keyboard, monitor, and mouse in a single-, double-, or quad-head configuration. As a KVM switch, the DKM is cascadable up to 1024 ports from one monitor in single-head operation, up to 256 ports from two monitors, and up to 64 ports from four monitors. In standard KVM mode, the DKM is well-suited for any environment in which multiple users require access to multiple CPUs, including data centers, warehousing, and manufacturing facilities.
  •     Matrix (crosspoint) switching that enables configuring as 16 input and 32 output ports or vice versa. With any-port to any-port connectivity configurable over a serial port, remote control, or built-in Web interface, the DKM can deliver DVI-D, serial, and audio signals up to 62 miles with the proper cabling. In matrix mode, the DKM is especially ideal for post-production and digital signage applications to drive video content to multiple outlets.
  •     Share mode that enables more than one user to access the same CPU at the same time. Ideal for classrooms or conference rooms, share mode allows instructors or presenters to access individual users’ monitors for troubleshooting and instruction. With the DKM in place, instructors can override individual machines to control what students see and then return control to the student instantly. The DKM also features port locking, which enables ports to be partnered together for tandem switching—this way, when the user switches CPUs, the monitors being used in Share Mode follow automatically.
  •     Control Room mode, which allows the user to switch monitors between different CPUs, such as in a war-room configuration. With multiple workstations and shared wall displays, for example, multiple users can instantly switch to display individual workstations on a main wall-display screen, or set multiple individual screens to viewing-only stations. The DKM OSD enables the user to switch monitors between CPUs on-the-fly without having to know the IP address and between one keyboard/mouse for all the monitors using hotkeys.

For more information about how Black Box’s ServSwitch DKM DVI-D KVM Matrix Switch can deliver four modes of instantaneous switching to meet your application needs, call 888-327-3114 or visit blackbox.com/go/ServSwitchDKM.

“The ability to create a student/teacher system in Share Mode is a distinct advantage of the DKM system,” McCurry said. “With the DKM, one teacher can monitor up to 15 or 31 student workstations simultaneously from his or her station and instantly switch to display any student monitors to the rest of the class for demonstration.”

The ServSwitch DKM supports both CATx or fiber connectivity with Black Box’s ServSwitch DVI CATx KVM Extenders or ServSwitch DVI Fiber Optic Extenders or other CATx and fiber extenders. Units start at $9,749.95 list price for an 8x8 system, and all ServSwitch DKM products come with the necessary power supplies, cords, and cables required for installation, as well as a 32-button IR remote control. Plus, all ServSwitch products are backed by Black Box’s two-year warranty.

Black Box provides one of the widest selections of KVM technologies in the industry. Its ServSwitch™ KVM line includes applications for desktop switching, server room/enterprise switching, KVM extension, KVM trays, and specialty KVM including secure switching and KVMoIP. To see the company's KVM solutions, browse its interactive e-catalog or visit the Web site at blackbox.com/go/KVM. Black Box KVM technologies are supported by its FREE, 24/7 Tech Support and Customer Service line at 724-746-5500.

About Black Box
Black Box is a leading technical services company dedicated to designing, building and maintaining today’s complicated data and voice infrastructure systems. Black Box services more than 175,000 clients in 141 countries with 194 offices throughout the world. To learn more, visit the Black Box Web site at blackbox.com.

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