Jan 11 2022

Review: Black Box Emerald SE Over-IP System Provides Seamless Desktop Experience

Virtual environments save costs and alleviate resources for healthcare systems.

Healthcare organizations aim to operate with flexibility, scalability, affordability and security. Linux operating systems offer an affordable option for running back-end systems in a secure manner that only open-source architecture provides.

At the center of the value Linux provides healthcare systems are Kernel-based Virtual Machines, which are based on open-source virtualization technology that is built directly into Linux. KVMs can turn the Linux OS into a hypervisor that supports multiple, isolated virtual environments called guests or virtual machines, according to Red Hat. This is especially useful for deploying mobile solutions.

One of the most powerful KVMs is the Black Box Emerald SE DVI KVM over IP system. Measuring 6.2x4.2x1.1 inches, the Emerald SE provides users with a seamless desktop experience that works from any point on a TCP/IP network.

This allows the hardware to exist in a corporate data center or in the cloud, while end users can be located anywhere. The capability also lets administrators easily deploy the Emerald SE on standard corporate networks or across WANs.

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Emerald SE Provides Detail and Clarity for Medical Files

From an operational perspective, the unit can emulate the exact experience of a desktop computer, even when manipulating and moving media-rich applications. In testing, everything was quick and responsive — even with video and photo editing, and large data transfers — unlike the delayed performance of most Windows-based thin clients. In almost all cases, the Emerald SE performed like a local desktop PC.

The Emerald SE provides full HD DVI-D resolution (up to 1920x1200) for amazing detail and clarity, which is essential when looking at medical files.

It can also be linked in a point-to-point KVM extension over CATx network cables up to 328 feet. And by connecting multiple transmitters and receivers to an Emerald or IP switch, healthcare IT staff can create a matrix that improves the setup feature for large hospital installations.

Nurses Benefit With Real-Time Connections to Patient Monitoring

The Emerald SE also simplifies access to both physical and virtual servers with high-performance connectivity to virtual machines. This provides a universally better experience for all users on a network.

These capabilities make the Emerald SE perfect for hospital functions such as nursing stations. It could easily support near real-time connections to monitoring devices in patient rooms, allowing nurses to check up on their charges without having to physically enter every room.

The best part of this scenario: The Emerald SE enables the entire system to run over the hospital’s existing IP network, without connection errors.

Creative healthcare IT staff could easily find other uses for the Black Box Emerald SE DVI KVM over IP system. Anywhere an inexpensive, secure and flexible PC is needed, the Emerald could be deployed. It could provide full functionality without the risks and costs associated with a typical computer.

SPECIFICATIONS

Type: KVM audio serial USB extender
Resolution: Full HD-DVI video, up to 1920x1200
IP Bandwidth Required: Less than 40Mbps for 1080p video
Input: USB HID, USB 2.0, audio
Interfaces: DVI-D input female (1), network RJ-45 (1), serial - RJ-45 (1), USB 2.0 Type B (1), audio mini jack (2)
Dimensions: 6.2X4.2X1.1 inches

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