Adder Research: More Than 76 Percent Of KVM Gear Will Be Replaced Within 3 Years

The sales of keyboard/video/mouse (KVM) equipment will soon surge, with more than 76 percent of equipment expected to be replaced in the next three years, according to new research from Adder Technology, a maker of KVM connectivity solutions.

Adder’s research also found that nearly three-fourths of companies are challenged by space limitations and increasing power demands when designing control rooms.

KVM products allow users to manage and switch between any number of computers and devices using a single keyboard, video display and mouse.

Using KVM equipment, businesses can extend the computer away from the user, share computers between multiple users, designate the level of access others have with those computers, share control, collaborate and switch between computers from multiple locations.

The technology is ideal for a range of industries and applications, including video production/editing, broadcast, control rooms, energy and utilities, transport, data centers and government and military.

“Today’s control rooms and command centers are juggling many different challenges. These include containing costs with increased power demands and effectively managing the use of rack space in densely populated areas,” said Tim Conway, vice president of Adder Technology. “With a value of up to $3,000 per 1U of rack space in some areas, integrators are looking for any way possible to reduce the physical size of their equipment, which could save significant hard and associated costs.”

When identifying the top challenges of adding new control room equipment, Adder found that 52 percent have space limitations; 62 percent cite the cost of equipment upgrades; 32 percent need a more flexible facility and 19 percent are compelled to reduce power consumption.

Adder also found that 39 percent use KVM for video editing; 37 percent for command and control and 32 percent for audio.

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