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Advanced data center management systems gaining steam

By Donna Donnawitz
July 3, 2013

If you were to walk into an average data centerright now, chances are that things wouldn't look too crazy. You would probably run into a bunch of engineers working on computers in offices, maybe a few walking through the facility to get to different systems and some tasks being completed on actual devices on the facility floor. It all looks fairly static and basic, but that initial observation bellies incredible complexity resting just below the surface. This complexity is what leads to inefficient processes, operational flaws and the kind of day-to-day data center problems that limit innovation.

According to a recent report from The Data Center Journal, many organizations have begun investing in advanced data center management tools to alleviate the challenges facing IT leaders dealing with rapidly-changing operational demands.

Considering collaboration-related management options
The news source explained that the collaborative operations movement is beginning to gain some momentum in the data center sector. IT leaders are using a combination of social tools and other contemporary collaboration technologies to streamline processes and improve functionality. While this offers considerable potential, it also requires a significant commitment to operational excellence. The end result of a collaborative operations climate is a situation where IT process automation is used in conjunction with specialize communications tools to enhanceinteraction between workers, integrate processes and use data more effectively to manage day-to-day functions.

Using such advanced management technologies in the data center can prove integral to improving operations because they enable workers. The report explained that people are often the most important components of the data center. However, many IT workers get bogged down in inefficient processes and end up unable to perform key functions, such as the kind of creative thinking that leads to innovation.

Using console servers for better data center management
Inefficient process management is not the only issue IT leaders are facing when trying to improve data center operations. The amount of time spent traveling between facilities, tracking down equipment in large data centers and manually configuring systems through direct access to them can be staggering. As a result, solutions that enable configuration adjustments from central platforms can improve operational efficiency. Console management solutions provide this capability through an architecture that allows IT administrators to control data center infrastructure through an application that can be used to handle issues remotely or from central parts of the facility.

Perle's wide range of 1 to 48 port Perle Console Servers provide data center managers and network administrators with secure remote management of any device with a serial console port. Plus, they are the only truly fault tolerant Console Servers on the market with the advanced security functionality needed to easily perform secure remote data center management and out-of-band management of IT assets from anywhere in the world.


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