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Enterprise KVM
for the IP Age
The potential benefits of IP for broadcast operations
of all sizes are huge, explains Winfried Schultz,
Vice President Marketing TPS, at Black Box...

Support for Video Resolutions
of Today and Tomorrow
To deliver pixel-perfect image quality
for 4K/UHD video resolution with
mathematically lossless compression,
the KVM platform should support 4K
video at 60 Hz and 10-bit color depth
over standard IP network switches
and connections. At the same time,
the system should support hybrid
environments by delivering 2K/HD or
4K/UHD video resolution over both
IP and direct connection networks.
That will come as good news to media
operations that are still working
primarily in HD; it means they can
migrate to 4K at their own pace and
transition individual user groups as the
need arises.

A

ccelerated by the new SMPTE
ST-2110 suite of standards for
professional media over managed IP
networks, broadcast operations of
all sizes are plotting their migration
from proprietary, SDI-based signal
distribution to all-IP systems and
technologies.
The potential benefits of IP are
huge, but they'll only be realized if all
production elements - from servers,
routers and switchers, to cameras and
prompting systems - can be controlled
in a tightly integrated, seamless, and
secure manner. And that's where
keyboard, video, and mouse (KVM)
systems come in.
Traditionally a specialized, yet
hidden aspect of IT, KVM is evolving
to become an integral component
of the video/audio production
infrastructure, capable of handling
the complexities of today's hybrid
media operations. By "hybrid," we
mean a mixed environment of IP as
well as proprietary direct-connect
networks, mixed resolutions up to
and beyond UHD/4K, and any number
and combination of physical and
virtual desktops and servers. A single,
converged KVM solution such as Black
Box's new Emerald platform can
support distribution of high-quality
video, audio, and peripheral signals
throughout these expanding hybrid
networks.
Enterprise Scalability
Because IP is so widespread, it's
supported by both commodity, lowcost hardware that's easy to acquire,
and high-end video servers for media
production. Therefore, an IP-based
production and signal extension
network offers virtually unlimited
scalability for connecting multiple
workplaces and greater numbers of
servers and workstations.
An enterprise-level KVM system
can provide connectivity beyond
the company network and over the
Internet to facilitate content-sharing
among various production facilities. It
means operations can scale infinitely

should help the IT staff maintain a
safe, clean, and secure environment.
As one option, a media operation can
keep its production network confined
to a proprietary, direct-connection
Emerald KVM that is intrusionresistant and isolated from the regular
IP network. Black Box's Boxilla offers
a centralized command center for
configuring and securing KVM units;
for instance, users can enable or
disable the units' USB ports all from
the centralized Boxilla interface.

and gradually as needed across
buildings, campuses, and wide area
networks, using the existing network
infrastructure and switching between
sources at sub-second speeds.
Regardless of where users reside,
their experience is exactly as if their
keyboard, monitor, and mouse are
connected directly to the CPU they're
accessing.
Support for Virtualization
The move to virtualization is
another important priority for media
operations because of its potential
to drastically reduce IT operational
overhead and hardware expenses.
Virtual machines can be spun up
easily and quickly as required for
new software applications, user
workplaces, or backup nodes. They can
also build resiliency and redundancy
into the network; if one virtual server
fails, the network can instantly fail
over to another virtual machine with
little or no downtime.
A unified KVM
system
like
Emerald
is
able to provide
connectivity for
any combination
of physical and virtual
servers within a single KVM network,
giving operators a smooth and easy
migration path to virtualization. Media

Operations can scale infinitely as needed

operations can facilitate their ongoing
migration to 4K video content and
playout by connecting IT resources
over the Cloud, using virtualized
servers in server rooms or "hardwareas-a-service"
offerings
from
companies like Amazon Web Services.
Network Resiliency and
Enterprise Security
To ensure reliability and avoid costly
network downtime, the KVM system
should offer the ability to configure
the network with redundant paths and
server endpoints for failsafe backup.
The KVM platform should be designed
with 24/7/365 critical applications
in mind, providing for network
resilience at every level - all the way
up to complete switchover from one
control room to a backup control room
location.
At the same time, the KVM system

Emerald
unified KVM system

Enterprise Connectivity
for the Long Haul
The move away from SDI to
uncompressed
IP
for
signal
distribution represents a huge
and fundamental shift for most
enterprises. Many operators with
sizeable investments in large-scale SDI
plants are taking a hybrid approach
to the migration that enables them to
begin incorporating IP technologies in
lower-risk areas, and then gradually
expanding the IP network over time
and as the budget allows.
As the first KVM platform to support
both IP and direct connections,
the Emerald platform gives these
enterprises the ability to deploy both
IP and proprietary KVM networks
from all Emerald units. Customers
can start with a small KVM network
and then scale up as their operation
expands, simply by adding endpoints
- no additional chassis or cards are
required.
In
this
manner,
the
Emerald platform
provides seamless
connectivity in a
direct-connect
SDI
environment today, while
paving a smooth and easy
upgrade path to IP moving
forward.
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