How High-Performance KVMs Deliver Value to Users, the Business and IT

June 01, 2022

Vertiv™ Avocent® LV 5500/Avocent® 5520 Increases Organizational Effectiveness and Team Efficiency

High-performance keyboard, video and mouse (KVM) devices are used in a wide array of industries, ranging from media and entertainment to banking, emergency response, government, healthcare, manufacturing, military and utility operations. Business users need real-time access to high-quality video imagery to make critical decisions at fast speeds. For example, these users could include technical directors overseeing live television, bankers working with remote business applications or utility operators overseeing power transmission and equipment performance.

However, with organizations’ drive to transform digitally, users are processing more imagery than ever before. Low-quality imagery can lead to visual and mental fatigue, potentially harming decision making.

KVM Extenders with 4K Resolution Improve the User Experience

High-performance KVM extenders provide access to crystal-clear imagery, without latency issues or other problems that can increase work strain. Here’s how single-head or dual-head KVM extenders with 4K resolution can improve the user experience:

• Conserving valuable desk real estate: KVM extenders allow computers to be separated from users. Operators use KVM devices and monitors to perform mission-critical work, without the distraction of computers, peripherals and multiple cables, with their ambient noise and device heat. That means that a manufacturing worker can zero in on equipment issues that could harm production processes, keeping output high. Similarly, workers at R&D or computer testing labs can keep their focus on critical processes, delivering more value to their teams.

 Improving the quality of visual imagery: Business users work long hours, day after day, which can harm visual acuity. Providing these operators with 4K resolution via updated USBs can help keep them mentally sharp, with the ability to see small details that may prove important to decision making, such as honing on satellite imagery that guides troops and equipment executing a military operation or working on a TV or movie in post-production and editing in or out details that improve the production.

• Avoiding video latency: Latency can occur with legacy devices at lower resolutions, leading to imagery tearing or delays. These issues not only harm the viewing experience but could also impair the ability to execute time-sensitive operations. Imagine a TV director overseeing live football. Even a second or two delay can mean that a play isn’t covered from the right angle, disappointing fans. Similarly, with gaming, a second delay could mean that a user fails to anticipate a game development and loses to his or her opponent.

• Increasing the flexibility of the work experience: Dual-head KVM extenders provide a high-speed USB that supports isochronous devices, such as headsets, webcams and joysticks. This provide workers with more flexibility in terms of how they interact with video imagery and complete critical work processes. It also helps gamers stay immersed in their interactive worlds.

KVM Extenders with 4K Resolution Meet Business Goals

As organizations refresh KVM technology for control rooms and other facilities, they seek to:

• Help teams work efficiently: Often, more than one user needs to see the same imagery at the same time. KVM extenders with dual heads enable two users to be seated in front of different monitors but view the same imagery and coordinate their actions. That could help 911 operators or emergency response teams, for instance, coordinate a response to a major incident or disaster.

• Avoiding higher CapEx and OpEx expenditures: Businesses are always seeking to strip cost and waste out of operations. Enabling two users to work on the same computing device with a KVM device reduces CapEx expenditures, especially when these savings are multiplied across dozens or hundreds of workers. In addition, consolidated computing operations means that organizations can support more users without needing to hire more IT staff, reducing ongoing OpEx expenditures.

KVM Extenders Help IT Teams Work More Efficiently

IT organizations are balancing multiple imperatives, including modernizing and securing equipment and managing a growing device footprint. IT teams want to:

 Provide remote access to computing devices: Organizations that use KVM extenders can back-rack computers in server rooms or data center, improving their physical security. With the fiber option, workers can be separated as far as four kilometers away from devices. As a result, users can’t accidentally break mission-critical computers or spill things on them, while malicious users can’t physically manipulate them. In industries such as government and utilities, failure to protect vital computing resources could harm service delivery to residents across regions.

 Future-proof technology: Many organizations are refreshing the equipment they use for control room applications – or simply want to provide users with a modern experience. KVM extenders with 4K resolution provide IT with flexibility in how they deploy computing equipment and users. They can use extenders to connect remote users to resources via ethernet or fiber, without requiring a KVM matrix solution. They can equip all users who use video imagery with the same high-quality video experience. And they can support precision applications, such as those with multiple projectors using edge blending.

• Simplifying IT management: Today, many IT teams are handling more devices than ever. KVM extenders make their job easier, by reducing the number of computing devices needed to support users. That means fewer computers to monitor, manage, patch and protect. In addition, KVM extenders configure automatically, simplifying their setup and saving IT teams time they can use for other duties.


Vertiv provides KVM extenders with 4K resolution to support organizations’ requirements for a high-quality, low latency video work experience that also delivers significant business and technology benefits.

Vertiv™ Avocent® LV 5500/Avocent® 5520 are KVM extenders that provide remote access to multiple computing devices. The single-head option supports a local and remote user, providing simultaneous access to the same computing device. The dual-head option provides USB 2.0 true emulation, supporting the use of isochronous devices to improve the work experience.

Vertiv Avocent LV 5500/Avocent 5520 extenders can be used for any time-sensitive video-based applications that benefits from crystal-clear high resolution imagery. The extenders provide users with remote access to business applications, with 24-bit color graphics up to 4K resolution at 60Hz, along with high-definition analog audio.

Increase user, business and IT effectiveness with KVM extenders with 4K resolution.

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