Dominion® KX III Features and Benefits

Dominion® KX III Features and Benefits
Features
Benefits
Hardware Features
Third-Generation High Performance
Hardware Architecture
Featuring the industry’s best KVM-over-IP performance, the Dominion KX III provides high performance,
anytime/anywhere remote access and control for IT administration, lab management, and even the most
demanding broadcast applications. The KX III’s third-generation architecture sets a new standard for
performance, reliability, security, usability and compatibility.
“Plug and Play” Appliance — Quick and
Easy Setup
Dominion KX III is a secure, Linux®-based hardware appliance. All Dominion KX III features, including
authentication and Web access, are built into the unit and do not require the use of an additional server.
3rd Generation Video Processing for
Streaming HD Video and Audio
The KX III’s third generation video processing engine supports traditional IT applications to the most dynamic
broadcast applications requiring 30 frames-per-second 1920x1200 video, 24 bit color, digital audio and DVI,
HDMI, DisplayPort and VGA video.
New KX III User Station Appliance
The KX III User Station is a self-contained user appliance that provides users with high-performance IP access to
remote servers. Connecting via TCP/IP to the Dominion KX III switches, the User Station has blazing video
performance, supporting two 1080p (1920x1080) streaming video sessions at up to 30 frames-per-second.
The KX III User Station is similar in concept to the Paragon User Station, with enhancements such as simultaneous
access and control of eight or more servers, dual monitors, audio and virtual media.
Dual Power Supplies with Failover
For increased reliability and redundancy, all Dominion KX III models have dual AC inputs, dual power supplies
and automatic failover to support redundant power distribution. If a power supply fails, the customer will be
notified via front panel LED, SNMP TRAP, log message or via the administrative manager.
Four USB Ports for Keyboard, Mouse
and USB Media
The Dominion KX III has four USB 2.0 ports, three on the back panel and one on the front panel, for local
keyboard, mouse and USB media.
Dual Gigabit Ethernet Ports for Failover
or Dual Network Connections
Dominion KX III provides high availability with dual gigabit Ethernet LAN ports for redundancy. Should one
Ethernet switch or interface card fail, Dominion KX III will automatically failover to the other port and continue
operating. Can also be configured for simultaneous connection to two different networks.
Multiple Hardware Models
Multiple hardware models enable simultaneous access by one, two, four or eight remote users to 8, 16, 32 or
64 servers. Raritan is the first and only vendor to provide four and eight user, 64-port, digital KVM switches.
Digital Local Port
The Dominion KX III digital local port provides fast, at-the-rack access via DVI and USB for administration and
server access.
1U or 2U Form Factor
The Dominion KX3-464 and KX3-864 are 2U solutions. Other Dominion KX III models are only 1U in height.
Dominion KX III is extremely rack-efficient.
Cat5 Cabling
Dominion KX III interconnects with each server via standard, economical Cat5 (UTP) cabling. Servers may be
located up to 150 cable feet from the Dominion KX III unit.
Multiplatform Computer Interface
Modules (CIMs)
Dominion KX III supports multiplatform CIMs to connect to PS/2, USB, Sun® and serially controlled servers.
Analog VGA video and new DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort digital video standards are supported.
Dominion CIMs operate at distances of up to 150 feet from the Dominion KX III switch, depending on server
resolution.
Tiering Port
Each Dominion KX III contains a tiering port so that you can tier (cascade) KX III switches.
Cellular and Telephone Modem Options
for Emergency Access
All Dominion KX III models can connect to an external Sierra Wireless cellular modem via USB or to a telephone
modem via modem port for emergency remote access if the data network is not available.
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Dominion® KX III Features and Benefits
KVM-over-IP Connectivity
One, Two, Four or Eight Concurrent
Remote IP Users
Dominion KX III provides KVM-over-IP access to one, two, four or eight simultaneous, remote users depending
on the model purchased. Raritan provides a wide variety of Dominion KX III models to meet most customer needs
and budgets. This is achieved while allowing full, unblocked local port access.
8, 16, 32 or 64 Server Ports
Users can connect up to 8, 16, 32 or 64 servers to each Dominion KX III via Cat5 cabling. Raritan is the first
KVM-over-IP vendor with one, two, four and eight channel, 32-port models. And we are the only vendor with
four and eight channel, 64-port digital KVM switches — the industry’s highest density — consolidating up to
four standard KVM switches to reduce cost and administration.
Non-Blocking 8x8 Model — now with
Ultra-Fast Switching
With the 8-port, 8-channel DKX3-808 model, connected servers are always accessible, with no blocking. Use this
model for critical infrastructure that needs to be always available.
This model also supports sub-second switching and ultra-fast connections for broadcast and other real-time
applications.
Remote Network Access — KVM over IP
Dominion KX III has the industry’s highest performing and most flexible KVM-over-IP technology. Users can
access Dominion KX III from anywhere on the network (LAN, WAN, Internet, mobile and dial-up), allowing
administrators to troubleshoot, reconfigure, reboot and even power cycle servers remotely.
Apple® iPhone® and iPad® Mobile Access
Users can remotely access and control servers through Apple iPhone and iPad devices through CC-SG with the
same level of security that they now enjoy via their laptops.
Flexible Tiering (Cascading) of up to
1024 Servers
Customers can connect (e.g., tier) multiple Dominion KX III switches together and access the attached servers in
the data center or from a remote PC. Up to 1024 servers can be accessed via a consolidated port list, or via
search (with wildcards).
Industry’s First DVI-based Digital Local
Port
The Dominion KX III set the standard with the first browser-based local port, providing a single user interface for
local and remote administration. The Dominion KX III provides new levels of productivity and performance with a
DVI-based local port. Raritan’s T1700-LED and T1900-LED keyboard trays can be used for convenient at-the-rack
access.
Asian Languages — Japanese and
Simplified/Traditional Chinese
The Dominion KX III’s remote HTML User Interface and the KVM Clients now support the Japanese, Simplified
Chinese and Traditional Chinese languages. This is available stand-alone as well as through CC-SG.
Blade Server Access and Control
Dominion KX III supports popular blade server models from the leading blade server manufacturers: HP®, IBM®,
Dell® and Cisco®. It provides simple, automated and secure KVM-over-IP access: (1) at the rack, (2) remotely over
IP, (3) via CommandCenter® and (4) by modem. Blade servers are displayed by chassis, with simple one-click
access. Advanced security via per­blade access permissions and hot-key blocking eliminates unauthorized access.
Unlike other vendors, the Dominion KX III’s blade features are available to SMB customers with no management
system required. For enterprise customers, seamless blade server integration with CommandCenter Secure
Gateway provides centralized policy and security management for diverse data center environments.
Integrated, Remote Power Control –
Up to Eight Power Strips per Dominion
KX III
Users can power up, power down or power cycle servers connected to optional Raritan remote power control
units. A system administrator can not only troubleshoot a server remotely, but also power cycle that server with
a click of the mouse. This user-friendly, remote power control is available for up to eight power strips per
Dominion KX III unit. Strip-level power statistics are now displayed to the user. Users can also power on/off
outlets not associated with a server.
Dual Stack IP Networking – IPv4 and
IPv6
The Dominion KX III provides dual stack IP networking with simultaneous support of IPv4 and IPv6.
Universal Virtual MediaTM Features
All Dominion KX III Models Have Virtual
Media
The benefits of virtual media — mounting of remote drives/media on the target server to support software
installation, remote booting and diagnostics — are now available in all the Dominion KX III models.
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Dominion® KX III Features and Benefits
Wide Variety of Supported Virtual
Media Drives and Devices
Each Dominion KX III comes equipped with virtual media to enable remote tasks using the widest variety of CD,
DVD, USB, internal and remote drives and images. Unlike other solutions, the Dominion KX III supports virtual
media access of PC hard drives and remotely-mounted disks for added flexibility and productivity.
Digital Audio over Virtual Media
Remotely access audio applications on remote servers during a virtual media connection with digital USB audio
over IP. This includes both playback and recording. Useful for IT administrators, software developers,
broadcast/entertainment customers, audio content creators and for remote monitoring. Features USB digital
audio, CD quality audio, playback/record buffer settings and use of analog and USB speakers/microphones.
Secure Virtual Media with 128/256-Bit
Encryption
Virtual media sessions are secured using 128- or 256-bit AES encryption. Also available is 128-bit RC4 encryption.
Dual-USB Virtual Media CIMs and USB
Profiles
The dual-USB virtual media CIMs (D2CIM-DVUSB-xxx) and USB profile feature enable expanded BIOS use of
virtual media drives to the broadest range of servers and BIOS versions.
The dual-USB virtual media CIMs supports DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort and VGA video with advanced features: digital
audio, smart card/CAC authentication and tiering.
USB CIM with Virtual Media, Absolute
Mouse Synchronization™ and Firmware
Update
The D2CIM-VUSB CIMs supports virtual media sessions to target servers supporting the USB 2.0 interface.
Available in economical 32 and 64 quantity CIM packages, these CIMs supports Absolute Mouse Synchronization
as well as remote firmware updates.
KVM Client Access and Control
Universal KVM Client Access —
Anytime, Anywhere
The Dominion KX III provides KVM access through the industry’s broadest and most flexible range of operating
systems, platforms and browsers.
Next-Generation Common
User Interface
The Dominion KX III has a browser-based user interface for enhanced usability and productivity. This interface
is common across the local port, remote access, management software as well as other Dominion products.
This reduces training time and increases productivity.
Web Accessible KVM Clients
Users can access Dominion KX III via Web browser for anytime, anywhere access. Raritan’s KVM client software is
automatically downloaded; this eliminates the need to install “client” software on each user desktop.
Non-Java KVM Client for Windows
Platforms
For customers looking to minimize the use of Java, the Raritan Active KVM Client (AKC), based on the Microsoft
.NET framework, does not utilize Java. AKC is now the default KVM Client on Windows platforms.
Mobile KVM Access for iPhone and IPad
Users can now access and control servers connected to the Dominion KX III via their Apple iPhones and iPads.
This provides emergency 24/7 out-of-hours access, as well as convenient everyday access for iPad enthusiasts.
CC-SG required.
Windows® and Java™ KVM Clients for
Windows, Linux, Sun®/Solaris™ and
Macintosh®
Raritan’s Windows .NET and Java-based KVM clients provide multiplatform access and control on Windows,
Linux, Sun/Solaris and Macintosh desktops.
PC Share Mode
Up to eight users can connect and remotely access each connected server. This feature is very useful for
administrator collaboration for teamed troubleshooting of servers.
Remote Video Features
High Definition (HD) Remote Video
Resolution — 1920x1200
The Dominion KX III is the first and only KVM-over-IP switch to support full High Definition (HD), 1080p remote
video resolution. In addition, popular widescreen formats are supported, including 1920x1200, 1600x1200,
1680x1050 and 1440x900, so remote users can work with today’s higher resolution monitors.
Ultra-Fast Connections and Sub-Second
Switching
With the 8-port, 8-channel DKX3-808 model, connected servers are always accessible. This model supports
sub-second switching and ultra-fast connections for broadcast and real-time applications where time is of the
essence.
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Dominion® KX III Features and Benefits
Full-Screen Video Display
With the Dominion KX III’s full-screen video display, users appear to be directly connected to the target server.
The user views the full video display from the target server without window borders or toolbars. With the new
“pop-up” menu bar, users can run KVM client functions while in full-screen mode.
Port Scanning and Thumbnail Views
View selected servers as a slide show and/or real-time thumbnail views. The user can select a list of servers, set
the scan interval and quickly access a given server. Works remotely and locally.
Dual Monitor KVM Client Support
For customers wishing to enhance productivity by using multiple LCD monitors, the Dominion KX III can launch
KVM sessions to multiple monitors, either in full-screen or standard modes.
In this mode, users can view the list of servers on one screen and launch full-screen KVM sessions in another.
Or use a secondary, desktop monitor exclusively for KVM.
Dual Video Cards
Servers with dual video cards can be remotely accessed with an extended desktop configuration available to the
remote user.
Flexible Video Scaling
In many instances, the user would like to “scale,” i.e., stretch or compress the target server’s video display to fit
the display window on the client. With the Dominion KX III’s flexible scaling, the user is not restricted to fixedsize windows, but can drag the window border to the desired size, including small thumbnail views.
Automatic Color Calibration
The Dominion KX III provides automatic and manual color calibration that optimizes the screen display, producing
vivid, lifelike colors to enhance productivity and reduce bandwidth.
24-Bit Color Support
Dominion KX III’s 24-bit color support enables high video quality over the network. Multiple color modes, as well
as gray scale, are available to connect via modem or low bandwidth link.
Flexible Performance & Bandwidth
Settings for any Environment
Video performance and bandwidth can be configured to match application needs and available bandwidth.
With high-speed LAN access, 1920x1200 streaming video at 30 frames per second can be supported. When
accessing via a limited bandwidth connection such as the Internet, Dominion KX III can be configured to the
limited bandwidth available.
Fast Video Switching
Once the Dominion KX III’s advanced video resolution detection has calculated a target server’s video
characteristics, connections to the server occur almost instantaneously. This gives the Dominion KX III user
immediate access in most cases to all connected servers.
Mouse and Keyboard Features
Absolute Mouse Synchronization
The Absolute Mouse Synchronization feature is the ultimate mouse synchronization solution. For Windows and
Mac® servers with a compatible USB mouse port, there is no need to adjust the mouse settings on the target
server. This reduces installation time and enhances the Dominion KX III’s plug-and-play nature. In addition,
the remote and target server mouse pointers never go out of synchronization. This feature is enabled by the
D2CIM-VUSB and D2CIM-DVUSB virtual media CIMs.
Intelligent Mouse Synchronization™
Most KVM switches require the customer to manually adjust the mouse motion and mouse acceleration settings
for all connected target servers for each KVM user. With the Intelligent Mouse option, no such manual
configuration is required for many servers. The system can automatically adjust to the server’s mouse settings.
This further enhances the Dominion KX III’s plug-and-play operation.
Speedy Single Mouse Mode
Many Dominion KX III customers prefer a dual-mouse configuration; however the KX III’s single mouse mode
provides speedy performance and does not require server changes for any type of server or OS.
Transparent Keyboard Handling
Transparent keyboard handling means that virtually all user keystrokes are sent to the target server and not
processed by the desktop client. This key feature obviates the need for most keyboard macros and allows the
user to directly interact with the target server with a higher level of connectivity.
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Dominion® KX III Features and Benefits
Security Features
Validated FIPS 140-2 Cryptographic
Module
For government, military and other high security applications, the Dominion KX III utilizes a validated FIPS 140-2
Cryptographic Module for enhanced encryption. Modules tested and validated as conforming to FIPS 140-2 are
accepted by federal agencies of the U.S. and Canada for the protection of sensitive information.
AES Encryption
The Dominion KX III utilizes the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) encryption for added security. 128- and
256-bit AES encryption is available.
AES is a U.S. government-approved cryptographic algorithm that is recommended by the National Institute of
Standards and Technology (NIST) in the FIPS Standard 197.
Smart Card and CAC Authentication
The Dominion KX III supports smart card and DoD Common Access Card (CAC) authentication at the rack, standalone over IP and through CC-SG. It meets U.S. government HSPD-12, PIV and CAC directives and ISO 7816,
PC/SC and CCID standards. All Dominion KX III models support smart cards using the D2CIM-DVUSB CIMs.
Video, Virtual Media and Smart Card
Encryption
Dominion KX III securely encrypts the video stream, keyboard and mouse data, virtual media and smart card
transmissions.
RADIUS, LDAP and Active Directory®
Authentication
Dominion KX III integrates with industry-standard directory servers, such as Microsoft Active Directory, using
either the LDAP or RADIUS protocols. This allows Dominion KX III to use pre-existing username/password
databases for security.
Configurable Strong Password Checking
The Dominion KX III has administrator-configurable, strong password checking to ensure that user-created
passwords meet corporate and/or government standards and are resistant to brute force hacking.
Configurable Security Banner
For government, military and other security-conscious customers requiring a security message before user login,
the KX III can display a user-configurable banner message and require acceptance before user login.
Upload Customer-Provided
SSL Certificates
Customers can upload to the Dominion KX III digital certificates (self-signed or certificate authority provided) for
enhanced authentication and secure communication.
Local Authentication with Users, Groups
and Permissions
In addition to external authentication, the Dominion KX III supports local authentication. Administrators can
define users and groups with customizable administration and port access permissions.
Management Features
Remote and Local Management and
Administration
Administrators can perform all management, administration and configuration operations remotely via a simple
graphical user interface, accessible from their desktops, the data center or lab.
Raritan’s CommandCenter Integration
Like the rest of the Dominion series, Dominion KX III features complete CommandCenter Secure Gateway
integration, allowing enterprise users to consolidate all Dominion KX II and III devices into a single logical system,
accessible from a single IP address and under a single remote management interface.
Customers can also access servers connected to the Dominion KX III via the iPhone and iPad.
Event Logging via SNMP, Syslog and
Email
System and user events are logged and recorded in a log file on each device. For permanent logging, the
Dominion KX III can send SNMP TRAPs for these events to SNMP management system(s). SNMP TRAPs are fully
configurable by the administrator. SNMP v2 and v3 supported. Syslog logging and email notifications are also
available.
Java-Free Administration
For KX III administration without the use of Java, launch the KX III with <IP Address>/admin
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Dominion® KX III Features and Benefits
Dominion KX II Compatibility
Customers who have purchased Raritan’s second-generation Dominion KX II switches can continue to use these
switches together with the Dominion KX III. Both CommandCenter Secure Gateway and Raritan’s Virtual KVM
Client and the Active KVM Client support seamless access and control of target servers connected to the
Dominion KX II and Dominion KX III digital appliances. To help customer’s transitioning from KX II to KX III, KXIII
can import a KX II backup file.
Paragon and Dominion CIM
Compatibility
For existing Raritan customers, select Paragon II CIMs as well as the Dominion KX I & II DCIMs are supported by
the Dominion KX III. Paragon and Dominion customers wanting to upgrade to Dominion KX III can reuse many of
their CIMs, reducing the cost of migration.
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note is intended for Raritan customers only; its use, in whole or part, for any other purpose without the express written permission from Raritan, Inc. is prohibited. Copyright®2015
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