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Bidirectional switching for complex infrastructures

KVM matrix systems make IT infrastructures highly flexible by allowing distributed access to a great number of computers.

To expand the limits of this infrastructure even further, Guntermann & Drunck (G&D) has developed the matrix grid to link systems more directly. Not only does it facilitate the operation of large installations, the company claimed, but it allows the bidirectional operation at multiple locations.

The matrix grid uses the features of the dynamic ports provided by G&D matrix switches. Each port can be used as input or output and enables bidirectional communication.

The ports are used to connect computers and consoles, but also serve to establish a connection between individual matrix switches, allowing access beyond individual matrices.

All digital KVM matrix systems – ControlCenter-Digital and DVICenter, in all sizes between 16 and 288 ports – can be included in the matrix grid.

This, claimed G&D, allows for highly complex topologies to be set up in a variety of ways – for example, as a strand, ring, star, or as a fully meshed network.

With the new matrix grid, G&D believes that customers are now able to establish much larger installations, which they can use more flexibly – for example, distributed over several locations.