Researchers Submit Patent Application, "Methods and Systems for Managing Multiple Information Handling Systems with a Virtual Keyboard-Video-Mouse Interface", for Approval
The patent's assignee is Dell Products L.p.
News editors obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "As the value and use of information continues to increase, individuals and businesses seek additional ways to process and store information. One option available to users is information handling systems. An information handling system generally processes, compiles, stores, and/or communicates information or data for business, personal, or other purposes thereby allowing users to take advantage of the value of the information. Because technology and information handling needs and requirements vary between different users or applications, information handling systems may also vary regarding what information is handled, how the information is handled, how much information is processed, stored, or communicated, and how quickly and efficiently the information may be processed, stored, or communicated. The variations in information handling systems allow for information handling systems to be general or configured for a specific user or specific use such as financial transaction processing, airline reservations, enterprise data storage, or global communications. In addition, information handling systems may include a variety of hardware and software components that may be configured to process, store, and communicate information and may include one or more computer systems, data storage systems, and networking systems.
"Existing server architectures either provide a single monolithic server capable of running one operating system and input/output (I/O) resources at a time, or bulky blade server chassis providing multiple servers and I/O control modules in a single chassis. A system chassis with multiple information handling systems with various peripheral and input/output capabilities common to the chassis as a whole may provide advantages, as it allows a blade server chassis in a small form factor, thereby providing a blade server chassis with a size comparable to the size of a monolithic server. Implementation of a system chassis with multiple information handling systems with various peripheral and input/output capabilities common to the chassis as a whole presents numerous challenges.
"For example, it is often desirable to remotely access individual information handling systems (e.g., servers) in chassis. For example, using traditional approaches, an administrator may remotely access information handling systems disposed in a chassis via a chassis management controller disposed in the chassis and communicatively coupled to the individual information handling systems. Communication between the management console and the chassis management controller may be in accordance with Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) or another suitable management interface protocol or standard. In such traditional approaches, the chassis management controller may serve as a virtual keyboard-video-mouse (KVM) interface between an information handling system and a management console, such that keyboard and mouse input at the management console may be processed as if such keyboard and mouse were locally coupled to the information handling system, and a display at the management console may display information as if it were locally coupled to the information handling system.
"However, existing virtual KVM interfaces have numerous disadvantages. For example, existing virtual KVM interfaces typically support input/output (I/O) communication with only a single information handling system at a time. Switching to another information handling system using traditional KVM interfaces often requires a login to the information handling system, which may take significant time and negatively affect user experience."
As a supplement to the background information on this patent application, VerticalNews correspondents also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent application: "In accordance with the teachings of the present disclosure, the disadvantages and problems associated with managing multiple information handling systems with a virtual keyboard-mouse-video interface have been reduced or eliminated.
"According to one embodiment of the disclosure, a system includes a chassis configured to receive a plurality of modular information handling systems. The system also includes one or more chassis management controllers housed in the chassis. The chassis management controllers are configured to establish an authenticated session with available modular information handling systems present in the chassis, direct input/output communications between an information handling system designated as a selected information handling system and a remote management console coupled to the one or more chassis management controllers via a network, and maintain the authenticated sessions with one or more available modular information handling systems not designated as the selected information handling system.
"Technical advantages of the present disclosure will be apparent to those of ordinary skill in the art in view of the following specification, claims, and drawings.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
"A more complete understanding of the present embodiments and advantages thereof may be acquired by referring to the following description taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings, in which like reference numbers indicate like features, and wherein:
"FIG. 1 illustrates a block diagram of selected components of an example system chassis with multiple information handling systems and with various peripheral and input/output capabilities common to the chassis as a whole, in accordance with certain embodiments of the present disclosure;
"FIG. 2 illustrates a block diagram of selected components of an example system for managing multiple information handling systems with a virtual keyboard-video-mouse interface, in accordance with certain embodiments of the present disclosure; and
"FIG. 3 illustrates a flow chart of an example method for managing multiple information handling systems with a virtual keyboard-video-mouse interface, in accordance with certain embodiments of the present disclosure."
For additional information on this patent application, see: Chandrasekhar, Babu; Gnanasambandam, Balamurugan. Methods and Systems for Managing Multiple Information Handling Systems with a Virtual Keyboard-Video-Mouse Interface. Filed
Keywords for this news article include: Dell Products L.p., Information Technology, Information and
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