There are a number of reasons you might be looking to refresh your desktop KVM. Increased digitization and computing demands is a big driving factor of this, and KVM switch vendors are adopting new technologies in order to stay ahead of the curve with future-proof solutions. The latest KVM solutions have improved security, higher resolutions, faster data transfer speeds, lower latency and improved user experience. These advanced functionalities are also seeing desktop KVMs finding increasingly complex usage in a wide range of integrated desktop multimedia applications. So where do you even start?
The market leader in KVM switch solutions, ATEN, offers a wide range of DisplayPort desktop KVM solutions that provide both ergonomic style and advanced functionality, and are suitable for regular and commercial workstation applications across all fields. With ATEN DisplayPort KVM switches, you can switch seamlessly between up to four computers and share USB peripherals and multi-channel audio functionality from a single-, dual- or triple-display console.
Key Advantages of ATEN DisplayPort KVM Solutions
The highest resolutions available for the most stunning visuals
In tune with increasing demands for high performance digital displays for desktop applications, ATEN DisplayPort desktop KVM solutions offer stunning video quality in resolutions starting at 3840 x 2160 @ 30Hz and going all the way through to our advanced high-performance digital display models supporting the ultimate in clarity and detail with resolutions up to 4K UHD (3840 x 2160 @ 60Hz) and 4K DCI (4096 x 2160 @ 60 Hz). ATEN DisplayPort desktop KVM solutions allow you to keep pace with the boom in ultra-high-definition video content across all sectors and take full advantage of the benefits of visual excellence in terms of both work efficiency and viewing pleasure.
Innovative functionalities for optimal future-proofing
The latest workstations require more displays and more convenience but less cabling and less hassle, so ATEN were first-to-market with a desktop KVM solution that features a built-in DisplayPort Multi-Stream Transport (MST) hub. Models with MST enable users to adopt two console displays from a single DisplayPort 1.2 video source, providing an extended desktop mode and splitter mode at resolutions up to 4K for multitasking across two displays while reducing bulky cable connections. Get tomorrow’s convenience today with one of ATEN’s future-ready desktop KVM switches.
Complete range of workstation display configurations for any application
Different users require different workstation display configurations for different desktop tasks, and so ATEN’s DisplayPort desktop KVM switch range has been explicitly designed to provide a wide range of display options for all kinds of scenarios, including dual- and triple-display models that support simultaneous control of one computer on one display while viewing another source on the other display(s).
Integrated USB hub for peripheral versatility and extreme transmission speeds
As advanced desktop KVM applications become increasingly specialized, it’s not just keyboard, video and mouse control that you need at your fingertips. This is why all ATEN desktop KVMP models feature a built-in USB hub that provides full sharing functionality, allowing your USB peripherals to connect to the switch and be shared by all the computers on the installation. Selected desktop KVM models feature SuperSpeed USB 3.1 Gen 1 built-in hubs that provide up to 5 Gbps data transfer rates. From joysticks and flash drives to tablets and integrated network storage, ATEN’s desktop KVMP solutions have complete USB peripheral connectivity and uninterrupted data transmission as standard.
Ergonomic style, full functionality for a matchless user experience
The sleek and stylish look of ATEN’s DisplayPort desktop KVM switches allows them to merge into any user-focused multimedia workstation environment while providing a host of intuitive control features and advanced functionalities to help you achieve your full potential. They are comfortable to operate, help you to clear your workspace of distracting desktop clutter, and improve your workflow stream by allowing you to focus on expanding productivity and maximizing creativity.
Check out some of case study examples below to get an idea for the different types of solutions ATEN can offer.
Case Example #1 - Multimedia Editing & Design Studio Solution
A multimedia editing and design studio was looking to update its lab with a future-proof, scalable solution to provide high-performance digital display connectivity for the production of multimedia and graphic content. The lab features high-end, integrated hardware and software to augment the creation and editing of graphics, web pages, video and 3D. Production tools used by the designers include 4K-enabled PCs, industry standard software suites, and specialized peripherals, such as drawing tablets and integrated network data storage, so high speed data transfer was crucial. The studio also wanted the flexibility to implement dual 2K and dual 4K workstations.
• Required easy switching among multiple source computers
• Required superior 4K video quality with resolutions up to 4K UHD and 4K DCI
• Need large bandwidth and extreme transmission speeds to deal with accessing and delivering huge files
• Easily connect the laptops of freelance designers and clients to gain full access to system resources
This ATEN DisplayPort KVMP solution allowed the production designers to effortlessly work in true 4K quality, switch among multiple content sources, multitask at their desktop consoles and gain super-speed access to peripheral devices, while also providing independent switching of the KVM and USB peripheral focus.
Case Example #2 - Multi-Display Desktop Solution for Investment Bank
One of the world’s biggest investment banks has several stock trading rooms for monitoring key economic indicators on a daily basis. These trading rooms were specifically constructed to incorporate video walls, network switches, and a large number of multiple-monitor KVM desktops where financial analysts could simultaneously monitor various trends and fluctuations in oil, gold and share prices on up to six screens for more efficiency. The KVM solution needed to be robust and reliable, to avoid down-time and financial losses caused by equipment failure, and also to be flexible enough to support both triple-display and dual-unit, six-display setups controlled via single desktop connection.
• Multiple-monitor KVM desktops for efficiently monitoring economic trends
• Compatible with multiple platforms like Windows, Mac and Linux
• Supports UHD resolutions for monitoring
• Able to stream from GPUs from various vendors
ATEN triple display KVMP switches allowed the client to monitor different economic trends and conduct rapid financial transactions and analyses of large quantities of data across three screens, with an option for hexa-view (six-screen) setups by connecting two units, which saved tremendous amounts of resources in terms of time and money while also providing flexibility of system architecture and implementation.
Case Example #3 - Secure Desktop Solution for Military Offices
A large state-owned office building that housed various government branches was looking to upgrade a section of its IT installation to consolidate multiple workstations of various security classification levels with one keyboard, video monitor and mouse. While the desktop functionalities required by the government office were similar to a regular desktop KVM switch, the new solution needed to provide both hardware and software-based security features built into the units. It was also imperative that the solution provided true network separation between classified and non-classified and complied with the latest international protection protocols.
• Required channel isolation so data cannot be transferred between computers
• Provide hardware and software-based security features
• Compliant with PP3.0 (Protection Profile for Peripheral Sharing Switch) security requirements
The ATEN Secure Desktop KVM Switch solution provided military-class security with multi-layered protection on both the physical and digital levels to combat data leakage across internal ports as well as to external networks.
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