Global Statistics Representing KVM Extender Market Scenario
Keyboard, video, mouse (KVM) extender is often used in a combination of KVM switches; sometimes they are built even on KVM switches. It enables the user to work on a computer from a distance or remote station where the monitors, keyboards, and mouse are powered by the KVM receiver unit. When computers are needed to be controlled from a distance—including centralization of equipment for security and easy maintenance, user comfort and safety, and enabling/improving collaborative efforts; KVM extender makes it possible to do so. To meet the growing need of data center infrastructure, KVM extenders will likely to play a crucial role in meeting the demand during the forecast period.
As the virtual servers are growing rapidly, the need for KVMs and other hardware is dwindling gradually. The rise in data traffic worldwide has led to rise in demand for high data capacity holding infrastructure. The enterprises have switched to deployment of virtual machines to meet the data demands, eventually driving the growth of virtual server activity. Adoption of KVM extenders to develop ergonomic environments, growing investments in hardware, increasing data traffic and data centers are expected to be the major driving factors influencing the global KVM extender market during the forecast period, 2019–2026.
The global KVM extender market is expected to witness significant growth during the forecast period 2019–2026. Rising Demand for more ergonomic workplaces, investment in IT hardware and centralization of assets & security are expected to be the factors driving the growth of KVM extender market. KVM helps to achieve improved working conditions and more free-space by removing workstations that generate heat and noise and placing them in server rooms. Thus, extender helps in decluttering and optimizing desk space.
Companies across the globe are heavily investing in IT hardware infrastructure to stay ahead of the competitors by integrating advanced digital devices and strengthening management and security solutions. Devices like KVM facilitate efficient management solutions for corporations, associations, and professional entities. KVM switches and extenders facilitate the sharing of resources, save space, and reduce management costs with improved work efficiency.
KVM switches and extenders will help both the government and business enterprises to implement efficient data management. As a result, the demand for KVM switches and extenders may witness rapid growth in Asia and other emerging economies across the globe.
The Global KVM extender market is segmented based on type, end-user and region.
On the basis of type, the KVM extender market is segmented into analog KVM extender and digital KVM extender. With the increasing popularity of the internet, users are shifting towards digital KVM extender as it offers many benefits over analog KVM extender including higher resolution, faster signal switching, and expanded peripheral options. Additionally, digital KVM extender improves USB support and compatibility with most of the other USB devices including, touchscreens, keyboards, mouse, and advanced control surfaces. Moreover, its ability to integrate with the existing network infrastructure favors the growth of the digital KVM extender for military grade and security.
By end user, the KVM extender market is segmented into commercial, industrial and others. KVM extenders significantly improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the commercial organization. For instance, digital signage is being used in most of the commercial places such as shopping malls to focus audiences for specific information sharing, passenger navigation in airline terminals, and other messaging signage at restaurants and sport venues. Moreover, in the commercial aviation industry, KVM extender and switches are used in air traffic control towers to provide system redundancy to mission-critical applications.
Geographically, the global KVM extender market is segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Latin America, Middle East & Africa (LAMEA).
Data center’s central management solution is the major application of KVM in North America. KVM switches allow the users to control widespread computers in the data centers from a single point of access. Digital KVM switches are increasingly adopted in data centers owing to their ease of integration with existing infrastructure, thereby saving time and reducing cabling cost. Government, military, and Intelligence agencies are increasingly using computer networks at different classification levels, which has also raised the need for a secure hardware solution for monitoring data transfer. Therefore, Raritan Inc. launched a secure KVM switch in 2018 to provide various security features for accessing computer systems in the government and military sectors. It primarily protects information by managing access and information transfers based on a computer’s security classification level.
Europe based KVM market is mainly influenced by the growing demand in the transportation sector. For instance, digital KVM switches are being used in control room applications for airports and underground railway stations. Western European countries such as Germany and France maintain a high installed base of control rooms owing to rapid transition towards digital communication and adoption of broadband LTE. Some of the Eastern European countries such as the Netherlands are witnessing high installation base of the control room. For instance, in April 2018, Black Box Network Services launched Emerald Unified KVM Platform for effectively distributing high-quality video, audio, and peripheral signals throughout hybrid environments including IP and direct connect networks and a combination of physical and virtual desktop servers.
Rapidly developing internet and technologies in the data centers and control rooms, especially in government agencies and financial institutions are significantly contributing to the Asia Pacific KVM extender market. KVM switches are also adopted in video walls for displaying public information. Asia Pacific is expected to hold a major share of the video wall segment owing to increased demand for public information display, control centers, commercial display, and broadcasting, among others. These walls are widely adopted in airports, public spaces, shopping malls, and others.
Increasing demand for digital signage in retail, financial systems, hospitality, and transportation, among other sectors is projected to propel the LAMEA KVM market growth during the forecast period. This has also fueled the demand for various hardware products ranging from professional audio and video over IP solutions to control systems, switches, and extenders.
Some of the most prominent players in KVM extender market are StarTech.com (Canada), Adder Technology (U.K), ATEN International Co., Ltd (Taiwan), Black Box Corporation (U.S), Tripp Lite (U.S.), Matrox (Canada), Guntermann & Drunck GmbH (Germany), Belkin International, Inc (U.S.), Icron Technologies Corporation (Canada), Raritan, Inc (U.S.).
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