The Avocent MergePoint Unity switch includes both KVM over IP and Serial Console Management technology in a single appliance.
This unique combination provides IT Administrators a complete remote management solution to access and control servers, networking equipment, and other devices found in data centers and branch offices.
The MergePoint Unity switches enhance the in-band management typically done through the NIC of IT equipment by providing secure and remote out-of-band connections directly to the physical KVM, USB, and Serial ports. This unified approach enables IT administrators a faster method to diagnose, reconfigure, or restore equipment to meet SLAs and minimize downtime.
Availability of equipment for faster MTTR
Remote in-band access methods through the standard network port of a server or network device such as a router or switch only allow a connection if all the pieces are working properly.
Do more with less
Complete rack management requires more than just access to the servers.
Access to KVM, USB, and serial ports across an entire date center requires users to access and authenticate to each piece of management hardware.
Maintaining a consistent security model based on standards
Many hardware management tools do not integrate with the existing authentication/security models that companies use. Security standards at many larger organizations utilize smart card/Common Access Card technology to authenticate users to access locations and the IT assets.
Overdrawn power circuits and failed network equipment can both have a huge impact on businesses.
Heterogeneous nature of the data center makes it difficult to have one tool manage it all
Power management of remote devices often requires a separate tool that is not integrated with the hardware/software used to access those remote devices.