A rackmount keyboard is designed for facilities that need to minimize the use of space as well as access to hardware. One way of doing this is using a rack and space saving components such as a rackmount keyboard. These units are made of industrial strength steel and consist of a keyboard and mouse or trackball type device housed in a metal frame. The shelf mounts within a rack or cabinet.
A 1U Rack keyboard is most frequently found in a 1U height model. The shelf slides in an out of the rack on heavy duty ball bearings. The rack drawer locks in place when in use or if the rack is being moved. A rackmount keyboard drawer allows rack mounted storage space for compact keyboards. The keyboard fits within the shelf, not on top of it.
These trays come with a combination USB and PS2 interface cable allowing connection to either style of PC port. Designed to mount inside a 19-inch rack, the rackmount keyboard unit may be mounted to all four rails or to two rails, but the 2-rail configuration requires additional mounting brackets.
A different type of 1U unit is equipped with an integrated PS2 KVM switch. The KVM switch allows connection with a keyboard, video monitor and mouse (KVM) system. Multiple computers connect to the switch. In this scenario, a single set of KVM controls multiple servers.
This eliminates the need to have multiple monitors, keyboards and tracking devices connected to a server in a 1-to-1 setting. Integrated 4, 8 or 16 port USB or PS2 style KVM switches are available. When combined with a KVM switch the rackmount keyboard is best utilized for space saving purposes. Fewer monitors are required within a cabinet and this frees up space. Also, fewer monitors means less power is consumed.
A 1U rackmount keyboard is simple to install and manipulate. An administrator can add or disconnect a computer without powering down the device. This results in less down time due to system maintenance by allowing a hot swap of a keyboard system. These heavy duty steel constructed drawers meet the CE, FCC and RoHS specifications. Most commonly used in the information technology arena, these keyboards are also found on the controlling equipment from the floor of a manufacturing plant, in back office server rooms for commercial purpose, or supporting financial institutions, medical facilities, in military command centers and university settings.