Published at Monday, July 03rd, 2017 - 03:37:11 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 New Look at Drawer Pulls! Drawer pulls (also known as simply pulls) are the knob-like handles that are fixed to the piece of the drawer facing the front and are used to pull the drawer out of a piece of furniture (a chest, for instance). The pulls are basically attached to drawers to make it easier to pull out the drawers. In many pieces of furniture, drawer pulls are absent. In such cases, however, these knobs are replaced by grooves at the bottom edge of the drawers that can be used to place the fingers and to pull out the drawers. Sometimes, these grooves are made at the center of the front piece of the drawer. Whether there is a pull at the center of the front piece of the drawer or at the bottom edge depends on how the designer of the piece of furniture thinks it would fit it aesthetically. Drawer pulls are made of plastic, metal or wood, depending on the material of the furniture it is being used in. Besides, it also depends on the design of the furniture, and the associated manufacturing costs. Wooden and metal pulls are usually costlier than the plastic ones. Drawers can carry either one or two pulls. The number of knobs in a drawer depends on the horizontal size of the drawer. If the drawer is too big for a single pull, it might have two pulls to make it easier to pull out the drawer. Lengthwise smaller drawers usually carry a single pull. Some drawer pulls have a designed plate to which a handle is fixed, although this is not a general rule. The plate is attached to the front piece of the drawer, and a handle is attached in a way to the plate so that it can either swing from one or two points on the plate to make a drop drawer pull. Such handles are called drop handles or swing handles. The handles can also be attached to the plates with fasteners in such a way so that they become immovable. In most cases, the plates to which the handles are fixed are embellished with piercings, embossing and stones. The handles may be ring-shaped, rectangular, or cut in even or irregular shapes, depending on the design the designer wants to put.
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