IP-Based Switch Market Drives KVM Switching Equipment Growth in 2003

10/17/2003 - After another marginal decline in 2002, the global market for KVM switching equipment is on pace to grow again in 2003. The primary driver of growth this year is the IP-Based Switch market. These systems use standard internet connections as their switching platform.

KVM Swithes Segmented by Product Category, 2002 (Rank Order by Growth Rate)

  1. IP Based KVM
  2. Enterprise/Rackmount - Multi User/Multi Platform
  3. Personal/Desktop - Single User/Multi Platform
  4. Enterprise/Rackmount - Single User/Single Platform
  5. Personal/Desktop - Single User/Single Platform
  6. Enterprise/Rackmount - Single User/Multi Platform

Some of the factors driving demand for IP-Based KVM switches include:

  1. Enhanced high availability of IP-Based systems
  2. Further physical distribution of enterprise infrastructure - remote offices, satellite offices, etc.
  3. Continued investment in remote monitoring and control in secure, mission critical infrastructure.

Other factors driving the larger market include:

  1. International expansion of Fortune 5,000 companies
  2. Increased IT investment in developing economies participating in global outsourcing movements
  3. Rebound in overall IT spending from very difficult 2001 and 2002

"IP-based KVM switches allow enterprise IT staff to have BIOS-level access anytime, anywhere," said Chris Lanfear, Director, VDC IT Research Practice. "The ability to access, reboot, reconfigure servers located in different data centers, counties or countries is critical. The list of technical and operating requirements driving the need for this capability is very long, and expected to grow. You cannot meet these requirements and deliver this functionality with software alone. The IP-based KVM switch fills a clear need."

About VDC
Founded in 1971, VDC is a technology market research and consulting firm that specializes in industrial and commercial electronics, computing, communications, software and power systems markets. For further information about "KVM Switch Solutions: Global Market Assessment" or any other VDC service contact: Marc Regberg, Senior Vice President, 508-653-9000, Ext. 111, msr@vdc-corp.com.

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