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what is the diffrence between cable managment arm and KVM ?

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Cisco Employee

Hi Peter,

Hi Peter,

The KVM console is a video over IP representation of the blade server. This facility is required to build and manage the servers from remotely. In an order to access each blades remotely , a pool of IP addresses is assigned as a management

A good example is located in the link below;

http://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/support/docs/servers-unified-computing/ucs-manager/110435-ucs-kvm-00.html

While the cable managment arm is a physical device that you install on the hardware. I listed some pros and cons in my opinion over the Cable Managment arm.

Reasons PRO

  • GREATLY reduced likelihood of accidental disconnection when working on other things in the rack. This is big for me .. it just sucks when you are debugging a problem with server A and accidentally knock out the power cord for server B.

  • Tidiness / Cleanliness - the rack just looks better with arms, and it is harder to keep the rack tidy without arms.

  • No need to disconnect (and reconnect) when doing maintenance. Even if the maintenance is done offline, not having to touch the connections makes it easier.

Reasons CON

  • Airflow / cooling - the arms can reduce airflow, particularly in dense racks.

  • Difficulty changing cables - I think this is overblown. When swapping a cable in a crisis you skip the cable management, get both ends plugged in, and make it pretty when things settle down.

  • More moving parts - can pinch fingers, catch on things, etc.

These two items are completely different.

HTH,

Qiese Dides

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Cisco Employee

Peter,

Peter,

The cable management arm is an extra part you order that attaches to the server on the backside to aid with cable management in a datacenter environment.

The KVM is a keyboard, video, and mouse combintation you need to access the server if you were physically standing next to it.

Let me know if you need clarification.

--Wes

Enthusiast

Hello,

Hello,

Would you know the part number for Cable management Arm for UCS C-Series / BE7K ?

thanks,

Kapil

Enthusiast

Found it.

Found it.

Posting it in case anyone else is also looking for the same:


UCSC-CMA-M4   - Reversible CMA for tool-less C240 M4 ball bearing rail kit

http://www.cisco.com/c/dam/en/us/products/collateral/servers-unified-computing/ucs-c-series-rack-servers/c240m4-sff-spec-sheet.pdf

tx,

Kapil

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