Who are Amulet Hotkey?

Who are Amulet Hotkey?

KVM or ‘PC over IP’ workflows have long been the norm in business, but now they’re finding their way into creative facilities because they give you the ability to position a keyboard, monitor, mouse and Wacom anywhere in Northern Europe and use your workstation with no lag or dropped frames.

Editors and artists can access workstations from anywhere – on set, an OB facility, an international office – using a standard IP connection and any keyboard, display and mouse that’s to hand, without losing any of the power of their usual workstation.

So who are Amulet Hotkey?

Amulet Hotkey are the leading provider of KVM over IP solutions. Their hardware runs on the popular, trusted Teradici chip set (the closest thing to an industry standard for KVM over IP), and can be added to systems using an internal card or an external, rack mounted solution.

Why are they so popular?

Low cost Amulet Hotkey’s solutions are typically between 50% and 60% of the cost of rival solutions.

End to end security We recommend Amulet Hotkey to film customers because all data is AES encrypted on the network and uses 4096-bit public key cryptography.

Work over any network Amulet Hotkey’s solutions are particularly popular in post because, unlike other solutions, they’ll work over any network and don’t require a dedicated 1Gb connection, and will scale down to work with a standard internet connection.

No single point of failure This reduces the risk of costly downtime or data loss.

Teradici support Teradici’s chip set is used in many KVM over IP solutions, so if you’ve built up your KVM setup piecemeal using kit from multiple manufacturers, it’ll all play nicely with an Amulet Hotkey solution.

What does a typical setup look like?

There are two Amulet Hotkey options: external rackmount solutions, or internal cards.

The rack mounted chassis, the DXiP, can house up to 12 Amulet Hotkey cards, each of which can connect one or more artists to their workstation via a zero client – a lightweight endpoint that connects the end user’s keyboard, mouse and display to the network. No software or drivers are required on the host workstation, and the card will support all major workstations and operating systems.

Alternatively, a number of half and full width internal PCIe cards are available. You’ll need to install one of these cards in your host workstation, and then connect directly to your target zero client. There are a number of zero client options available, some with support for dual screen monitoring, others with support for four or, if you’re really keen on screens, six.

Why should you choose us?

Jigsaw24 and root6 have installed more KVM over IP setups into the film industry than any other reseller, and have in-house expertise in configuration and support for these solutions, so can provide setup and ongoing support for your Amulet Hotkey solution, rather than just selling you hardware.

We also offer free trials to anyone who thinks KVM over IP is right for their organisation. To arrange yours, get in touch with our team on the details below.

If you want to know more, give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email broadcast@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter, or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

Amulet Hotkey promise next gen of PCoIP cards will use new Tera2 chipset

Amulet Hotkey promise next gen of PCoIP cards will use new Tera2 chipset

More and more facilities are relying on KVM over IP to perform post tasks – a system whereby editors can remote into any workstation from anywhere, over just a standard IP connection, using any keyboard, display and mouse.

Amulet Hotkey’s leading KVM solution runs on the popular, trusted Teradici standard (the nearest thing to an industry standard for KVM over IP), and can be added to your systems using an internal card or an external rack mounted solution. It’s long been popular in areas like finance, but has rapidly gained traction in post circles where there’s a demand for remote editing because its public key encryption system means it’s the most secure way to extend your clients’ desktops when you’re under NDA or having to meet strict intellectual property standards.

Already using Amulet? It’s about to get even better…

To keep up with the demands of post customers, Amulet Hotkey have announced that they’ll be releasing updated versions of their DXR-H4 external cards (for new readers, that’s the card that allows your remote computer to connect to the workstation back at base).

The updated version will use the latest ‘Tera2′ chipset from Teradici, giving them access to a feature set which includes support for monitors over 24″ and adding support for quad screens at 1920×1200 and dual screen setups at 2560×1600. Software stability updates for use with Media Composer and Smoke on Linux have been rolled out.

The other great news is that mixed racks of Tera1 and Tera2 cards will be able to work together, so there’s no pressure to instantly replace all of your existing Amulet gear.

Not heard of Amulet Hotkey before? Here’s why they’re good… 

Any network will do While some KVM over IP solutions require a dedicated 1Gb connection, Amulet Hotkey delivers workable results over any network – in tests, our engineers were able to connect to and work on a workstation using Media Composer over a standard home internet connection. In other tests, users in Amsterdam have been able to remote into workstations in London with no noticeable impact on performance.

Industry standard encryption If you need to comply with FACT and MPAA regulations, Amulet Hotkey is your best bet. They are the only KVM over IP solution proven to use AES128/256 bit encryption.

Industry standard connection brokering No matter how many users you need to support or what level of security you need, Amulet Hotkey solutions can be adapted to fit, either through their own lightweight management console, or with help from the Leostream suite of authentication and management tools.

No single point of failure Amulet’s uniquely simple system architecture means that even a large estate continues to operate if the connection broker server fails.

The closest thing to an industry standard for KVM over IP Amulet Hotkey uses Teradici architecture, the most widely supported architecture for KVM over IP. It’s supported by VMware, Dell, LG, Samsung, and many major monitor manufacturers.

On a per-seat basis, Amulet is the best value of the established KVM over IP systems This point is fairly self-explanatory.

If you need to enable long-distance collaboration and on-location editing without compromising on security, Amulet Hotkey’s DXiP solution allows you to rack mount 12 DXR cards (which can be a mixture of Tera1 and Tera2 cards) into 3U of space, giving you a compact, reliable solution that’ll work over the most basic of networks and give you a range of endpoint options, For more information, get in touch on the details below.

Want to know more about KVM over IP? Get in touch with our team on 03332 409 306 or email broadcast@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.