Published at Sunday, July 02nd, 2017 - 23:58:11 PM. 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 Guide to Understanding Drawer Slides When it comes to choosing a drawer slide, there are a variety of factors to take into consideration. In addition to the ease of sliding and base material, how the slides are mounted is an important factor. This classification determines the amount of weight the drawer can hold, how easy the installation is and the length of extension. Here is a breakdown of 5 of the most popular types along with the features of each. Bottom-mount- These slides have two rails mounted on the bottom of the drawer (one on each side). The slides are hidden from sight, and leave the drawer sides without clutter. They are typically used in kitchens, bathrooms and other rooms where storage is a top priority. Since they can hold more weight, they are ideal for heavier loads, and are generally full extension drawers (or very close to full extension), allowing you to easily take the drawer out for cleaning or moving. This type of slide is very easy to install, making it a popular option among many homeowners. Blum drawer slides are popular for bottom-mount options. Center-mount- These are installed under the center of the drawer and stretch from the front to the back of the drawer. They are invisible from the top and hold a light to medium weight (making them ideal for smaller drawers). You usually cannot fully remove the door with this type of mount. Typically old furniture was made with a center-mount drawer slide, so you may notice that on certain pieces of vintage furniture. The best part about center-mount drawer slides is that they are very easy to install. Side-mount- Side-mount drawer slides are a very popular type of drawer slide that is used often in kitchens and bathrooms. In this type of slide, two rails are installed on both sides of the drawer. They are widely available in different lengths, materials and weights, so its easy to find slides that are right for your home. These slides are very visible when drawers are open and slightly lessens the drawer width. They can be used to hold more weight than other types of slides, so they come in handy with larger loads. European- European drawer slides are often used with frameless or face-frame cabinets since they are easy to mount. They have an "L"- shaped frame which mounts directly to the bottom of the drawer without any hassle. On this type of slide, the hinge is completely concealed from the outside, which offers a professional and more modern look. These are generally fairly inexpensive, making them a popular option for those remodeling their homes. Hettich drawer slides are popular for European epoxy options. Ball-bearing- Ball-bearing drawer slides often replace the popular center-mount slides. The ball bearings allow for easy use with minimal disruption or noise. Some models even allow you to press on the sides of the slides to fully remove the drawer from the base, which allows for easy transportation when moving or just for drawer cleaning. Other models are self-closing. Understanding the benefits of the different types of drawer slides is very important to the DIY-er. Aesthetics and load capacity are very important factors in the decision.
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