Published at Monday, July 03rd, 2017 - 02:32:11 AM. Drawer. By Kirby.
KVM Drawer - Not for Use in the Bedroom If you are new to the technology world or a procurement specialist constantly bombarded with acronyms used in descriptions for computer hardware, you may be wondering what the heck a KVM drawer is and why your onsite computer service team is ordering one. These drawers arent intended to store socks, underwear, or silverware, but are an economical solution used in the computer room. Stick with this brief article and youll know exactly what a KVM drawer is used for and what those mysterious initials mean. First, the "KVM" in KVM drawer equates to keyboard, video, mouse. This device is a keyboard drawer that usually includes a monitor and touchpad or trackball type mouse device. These are very low profiles devices. In fact the display folds down and lies flat stored in back of the keyboard/mouse area. These devices are available in 17, 19 and 20-inch screen sizes accommodating even the larger monitors. The KVM drawer is mounted inside a server rack or cabinet. The entire unit is housed in a heavy duty aluminum or metal framework. Heavy duty ball bearings allow for smooth sliding of the keyboard, video display and mouse tray back into the rack. Sometimes a KVM drawer is referred to as a rackmount keyboard drawer or a 1U rackmount keyboard. The drawer is only about 1.75-inches tall, or 1U, in computer "techno-speak". The term 1U means 1 unit, which is a unit of measurement used in sizing and distributing equipment within a computer rack or server cabinet. The 1U KVM drawer is the most frequently rack accessory. These devices are favored because their small form factor frees up space for other pieces of equipment that typically are stored in a server rack. They are lightweight and compatible across multiple hardware platforms. This piece of hardware is designed in a manner so that when an administrator opens the rack or cabinet door, she can pull out the tray housing the keyboard, display and trackball. The display lifts up for viewing. In some cases the display can remain in upright position even after the cabinet drawer is closed. This allows the administrator to monitor system vitals without opening the cabinet door again. The KVM drawer is often used in conjunction with an integrated KVM switch. This is a multi-port device that allows one keyboard, display, and mouse to control multiple computer systems. This offers additional savings inside the server cabinet as fewer displays are required to support more computer systems.
A Chest of Drawers in the Home There are many uses for chests of drawers in the home including for storing clothing and accessories, keeping toys organised and tidy, storing kitchen, living room and dining room equipment and of course everyone has a junk drawer. Bedroom chests can vary in size and style but usually have a combination of smaller drawers sat over larger drawers. Most choices of bedroom chest will be known as, for example a 2 over 4 chest or a 3 over 4 chest. When purchasing a chest keep this in mind as the top layer of drawers will usually be smaller, if you require all of the drawers to be the same size aim towards getting a chest that is just a "4 drawer chest". Smaller drawers can be useful for socks, underwear, rolled up ties and even make-up and accessories. There are also a wide variety of drawer separators on the market now designed specifically for organising smaller items within one drawer. In the kitchen, dining room and living room most drawers that are in use are from a sideboard or dresser however with such a huge choice of chests drawers now available there are many that are suitable for these rooms. A chest could be used to store place mats, cutlery, instruction manuals or recipe books. Contemporary designers are now building modern and often quite funky chest suitable for any room of the house. Some of the designs seen include stacking the drawers at an odd angle and incorporating bright colours so that the chest becomes a stand out piece of furniture. Even with the various quirks each chest remains a functional piece of home furniture. Just because there are children or grandchildren in the house does not mean there has to be an unsightly toy box in amongst the carefully chosen furniture. Incorporating a toy chest of drawers into the room will keep the toys neat and orderly (even if it is the adults who end up putting them away) and easy to find when the search begins for that favourite toy. Many chests are designed with very deep drawers, in particular at the bottom of the chest ideal for toys and games, with varying depths of drawers as you move up the chest the top level drawers could be used for crayons and paper. The junk drawer can appear in any of the above mentioned types of chest whether it is in the kitchen or bedroom you will often find the same types of items in them from household to household. These may include half used boxes of matches, safety pins, homemade gifts or cards from the kids, pens that no longer work and a deck of playing cards. If none of this sounds familiar you are a much organised person. If it does sound familiar there is a strong chance you have no idea what is currently in your "junk drawer" but you know they are items you simply cannot throw away. Having worked for a furniture company in past life we once had a chest returned and replaced due to some damage only to discover the customer had not emptied out their junk drawer before returning it. When the customer was informed it was decided we had no other choice but to box up the contents of the drawer and return them as they simply could not recall what was in there and if it was important.
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