APC KVM Switches
APC CAT5 analog and IP KVM switches integrate Keyboard, Video and Mouse (KVM) access, APC power control and external modems to provide
access to critical IT equipment - even when network and operating systems are down. Leveraging just one keyboard, monitor, and mouse
also reduces energy expenses and hardware costs, simplifies cabling, and frees up space within the IT environment. Because they connect
directly to the keyboard, monitor, and mouse ports (commonly referred to as 'Out-of-Band'), APC IP KVM switches allow users to troubleshoot
servers and diagnose problems through POST and BIOS-level access at any location from anywhere in the world. This minimizes downtime
by providing local and remote secure access to connected Windows, Sun, and Linux/Unix servers. All IP KVM switches are IPv6/IPv4 network
compatible and support Virtual Media - and if cascaded together, allow access for up to 512 servers. All APC KVM switches are supported by
APC Network Access Software and InfraStruxure® Central and provide integrated power management with APC Switched Rack PDUs.
• Reduces Mean Time To Recovery (MTTR) by monitoring health to
predict failures, diagnose issues remotely and to restore to working
operation quickly.
• Increases agility by speeding deployment, ensuring a high degree of
system compatibility, and by adapting to changing requirements easily.
• Expands control by providing access through a single interface anywhere and at anytime - as if you were right there.
• Lowers Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) by reducing on-site visits that
minimize maintenance costs, and protect investments without the
need for additional products or training.
• Improves availability by reducing unscheduled downtime through
predictive monitoring and leveraging centralized technical expertise
• Extends security by restricting access using directory authentication,
encrypting sensitive information ‘on-the-wire’ and tracking
administration activity.
Virtual Media1 saves time and improves security by mapping CD-ROMs and other storage media to a remote server without leaving the
office. For example, you can redirect your local media (USB, CD, Local drive etc) to the remote server, perform application and OS patches
remotely and reboot the server to a local image for diagnostic purposes.
Out-of-Band Management Access
Simplified Cabling
Instant, on-demand device access reduces response time, improves efficiency,
and maximizes uptime.
APC CAT5 Analog and IP KVM switches offer simplified cabling using server
modules and CAT5 cabling.
Use Existing Microsoft RDP and VNC Services
Streamlined Remote Software Maintenance
Intelligent switching from remote desktop protocol (RDP) and virtual network
computing (VNC) sessions to KVM over IP.
Virtual Media1 allows technicians to take care of routine maintenance and address
server problems without getting up from their desks.
Enhanced Security Framework
Integration with authentication servers and existing security infrastructure.
Flexible Administration Tools
Integrated Web Interface and APC Network Access Software provide browser-level
access and an intuitive split screen interface for easy discovery, navigation and
management of APC IP KVM and CAT5 switches.
Telecom Managers
Ability to access out-of-band
information, configure changes, receive
alarms, and system messages.
Test Lab Managers
Setup and maintain testing environments,
perform tests with real-time video.
Data Center Managers
(Windows/Linux Server Administrators)
Remote access to configure changes,
monitor system, update/patch software
Anywhere there is a need to manage more than one server within a rack and
a desire to minimize the number of monitors, keyboards, and mice needed to
manage the environment.
APC KVM Switch Products
AP5602 AP5610 AP5615
APC 16-Port CAT5 Analog KVM
APC 16-Port IP KVM (2 IP users)
APC 32-Port IP KVM (2 IP users)
APC 32-Port IP KVM (8 IP users)
APC KVM PS/2 Server Module
APC KVM USB Server Module
APC KVM SUN Server Module
APC KVM USB VM Server Module
APC KVM PS/2 VM Server Module
APC KVM VT100 Serial Server Module
APC Power Supply for AP5636
AP5641 APC KVM Power Management Cable
Note1 – Virtual Media requires USB or PS/2 VM Server Module for each server to work.
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Rack PDU
IP Users
• Secure browser-based interface
• Multibrowser support (IE, Mozilla Firefox)
• Multiplatform client support (Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Solaris)
• Scalable video sessions
Server Modules
Dial-Up User
Key APC Differentiators
Integrated Power Management
Power management of APC Switched Rack PDUs allows the IT administrator to power on, power
off, and power cycle any connected server from the IP KVM user interface.
Supports Remote Software Updates/Patches
Virtual Media1 allows users to remotely install software, patch applications and the OS, and
perform diagnostic testing.
APC InfraStruXure® Central Support
APC’s InfraStruXure Central allows customers to discover and manage APC KVM switches, with
support for both public and private InfraStruXure® Central networks.
Intelligent Switching from RDP/VNC Sessions to KVM over IP
When Windows-based servers are down or become disconnected from the IT production network, the IP KVM integrates with Microsoft RDP and VNC for intelligent switching.
Do you worry about your servers going down and no means to access them?
• Access is available locally at the rack or remotely through an Ethernet network. Remote
access from any IP connection gives complete control of the server graphical interface.
How do you access remote servers?
•Secure remote administration tools allow you to troubleshoot, patch and restore IT assets
across the enterprise, whether they are close at hand or far away. APC KVM switches provide a comprehensive, remote administration system with enterprise-class security and a
single, consolidated user interface. Access is available through the integrated Web-based
user interface, APC Network Access Software and APC’s InfraStruXure® Central.
Do you worry about who has access to your servers and networking equipment?
• An enhanced security framework integrates with existing security infrastructure and supports enterprise security standards. Video, mouse, and keyboard strokes and virtual media
sessions are encrypted for secure communications over public networks.
• User access control
• Local login for increased security
• Individually selectable keyboard, mouse, video and Virtual Media encryption (DES, 3DES, 128bit SSL, AES)
• Switch-based LDAP and Active Directory authentication
Server administration
• Access through the Web-based user interface, APC ®
Network Access Software and APC's InfraStruXure
•Support for port name assignment
•Simultaneous access on the same port (port sharing)
• Cascading with centralized port management
(access and configuration)
•Programmable cycling of screens
•Support for VGA resolutions up to 1280 x 1024 @ 75Hz
•Optional power management with APC Switched
Rack PDUs
•Cascading for up to 512 servers
•Redirect local media (USB, CD, Local drive etc) to
remote server
•No additional software required on remote server
•Works out of the box (requires a USB or PS/2 Server Module for each server)
•Encrypted session for the most demanding environments
•Performance up to 12x CD-ROM Speed
•Supports up to 8 simultaneous connections (dependent on IP KVM model)
System Management
•Web-based management interface and APC Network Access Software
• Integrated power management with APC Switched Rack PDUs
•APC InfraStruXure Central support
•CAT5-based server modules
• Compatible with PS/2 and USB keyboard/mouse interfaces
•Support for CAT5, CAT5e, CAT6, and CAT7 UTP cabling
•2-year repair/replace
•1 year extended warranty available for purchase
What types of authentication are supported?
•Local, LDAP, and Active Directory, authentication are supported.
Regulatory compliance
Do you worry about Sarbanes-Oxley compliance and identifying who is
accessing your information?
•Local and remote data and user access logging provide secure auditing via SNMP events
to comply with Sarbanes-Oxley.
Keyboard Video Mouse Switch
vs. Console Port Server
• KVM switches are used to access servers that use a
graphical user interface (GUI)–based OS like Windows.
• Console port servers are used to access devices that
use a command line interface (CLI) like UNIX/Linux
servers and network devices such as routers, switches,
firewalls, and UPSs.
March 2008
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