30/09/2022

KVM manufacturer G&D announces new high-end product range

The portfolio of the German KVM manufacturer Guntermann & Drunck (G&D) continues to grow with the launch of VisionXS, a new high-end extender product series.

Following the motto “smaller, more compact, more powerful”, G&D has developed a new compact multi-purpose KVM tool. The main objective was to provide a wide range of functions in the smallest possible housing. The new VisionXS systems are high-performance KVM extenders with a bandwidth of 10G and video transmission for resolutions up to 4K. Users can expect the best video quality and an even better performance. 

Previous devices from the manufacturer support a data transfer rate of 1Gbit/s per line. Thanks to G&D’s self-developed compression method, full 4K video over 1Gbit could already be transmitted. However, with a bandwidth of 10 Gbit/s, VisionXS opens up a new dimension of possibilities – in particular, with regard to fast videos and frequently changing image content, which now require significantly less compression and therefore mean a major improvement to the user experience. Initially, the German manufacturer will provide extender modules for KVM-over-IP, followed by solutions for classic KVM systems for direct transmission. 

An important advantage of VisionXS extenders is the ability to combine them with G&D’s matrix systems. For customers, this means even more flexibility because VisionXS products can either be operated in pairs as an extender line or they can also be integrated into matrix installations. Thus, users will also have one hardware for everything in the future. Like any other G&D product, the new devices are fully compatible with existing models. The extensive combinability of the KVM systems ensures solutions that are suitable for all applications. This makes it even easier to plan and expand installations, even at a later date.

In a first step, a high-end system for DisplayPort UHR with a transmission bandwidth of 10G will be launched, followed by devices for HDMI and DVI. For the VisionXS series, the manufacturer also relies on its proven, lossless compression High Dynamic Image Processing, which enables authentic, pixel-perfect video experiences. In addition, dual head modules allow the transmission of two video signals via one transmission cable. These modules offer significant advantages: two video signals transmitted over one line saves 50 % of cabling or KVM modules.

The new VisionXS-IP-DP-UHR system is compatible with the central ControlCenter-IP appliance. In combination, these units form a powerful matrix for KVM-over-IP, meaning that each connected workstation can be granted access to any computer connected to the KVM system. While the network infrastructure takes over the transport of KVM-over-IP using network switches and routers, the ControlCenter-IP contributes the logic. Both the dynamic access and the use of KVM-over-IP make the application even more flexible, while secure and reliable operation is ensured by AES-128 encryption and the regular exchange of security keys. Extensive security features such as the use of VPN, VLANs and G&D’s UID locking are already implemented.

With their significantly smaller size, the products can also be used in applications where space is a critical factor. In addition, the manufacturer now provides new and efficient mounting options that require fewer screws. For the new VisionXS modules, G&D relies on a new click mechanism that makes it much easier to install the devices. 

The series production of the VisionXS systems will start in September 2021.