New Release of Emerson Network Power’s Avocent® HMX High Performance KVM Switch Enables Complex Switching and Improves Switching Time

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New features significantly enhance functionality and usability

“The newly released Avocent HMX High Performance KVM switch demonstrates our continuing investment and innovation in KVM, and is the result of ongoing research and development and listening to our customers,” said Steve Hassell.

Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson and a global leader in maximizing availability, capacity and efficiency of critical infrastructure, today introduced a new release of the Avocent HMX High Performance KVM switch with features that significantly enhance its functionality and usability.

The Avocent HMX High Performance KVM switch is the market-leading IP matrix KVM switch for the last five years. It provides users with the ability to quickly access remote high-performance work stations or computing equipment with the same user experience they would have if they were connected directly to the equipment in the same room. It allows sites to share expensive specialized equipment between users as needed without having to move the user or the equipment.

The new release enhances the Avocent HMX platform with its complex switching capability, improved switching time and validated security features. Avocent HMX now allows multiple receivers and transmitters to be grouped to facilitate complex switching, such as grouping four or more monitors, or controlling a video wall or ceiling mounted projector remotely. And, with a 60 percent switch-time improvement, switching is now even faster, which significantly improves usability. In addition, the new release enables users to switch quickly between multiple computers with different functionality and security classification levels in a secure and reliable manner. This greatly enhances KVM applications in industries that require the most advanced technologies to ensure information security.

The new release is available as a free firmware upgrade for existing customers with compatible Avocent HMX Managers.

“Avocent invented the KVM over IP switch market, and has been awarded more than 158 U.S. patents covering KVM and video compression technologies,” said Steve Hassell, president of the Avocent business of Emerson Network Power. “The newly released Avocent HMX High Performance KVM switch demonstrates our continuing investment and innovation in KVM, and is the result of ongoing research and development and listening to our customers.”

To learn more about Emerson Network Power’s high-performance KVM switches, please visit

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Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson, delivers software, hardware and services that maximize availability, capacity and efficiency for data centers, healthcare and industrial facilities. A trusted industry leader in smart infrastructure technologies, Emerson Network Power provides innovative data center infrastructure management solutions that bridge the gap between IT and facility management and deliver efficiency and uncompromised availability regardless of capacity demands. Our solutions are supported globally by local Emerson Network Power service technicians. Learn more about Emerson Network Power products and services at

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Emerson, based in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions for customers in industrial, commercial, and consumer markets around the world. The company is comprised of five business segments: Process Management, Industrial Automation, Network Power, Climate Technologies, and Commercial & Residential Solutions. Sales in fiscal 2011 were $24.2 billion. For more information, visit

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