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Consider console management when the data center gets out of control

By Max Burkhalter
May 30, 2013

The enterprise data center is changing quickly. Storage systems are at the forefront of this shift. With big data gaining prominence and many businesses dealing with large quantities of information from a wide range of sources, IT managers are left struggling to keep up.

As if data-related problems were not enough of an issue, IT managers also face fiscal pressure to get more done with relatively stagnantbudgets and a growing need to adapt to emerging technologies. According to a recent Data Center Knowledge report, data center sprawl is becoming a major problem for a wide range of companies. Subsequently, IT managers are having to deal with a number of hidden costs that can put a strain on operations.

The data center sprawl problem
The news source explained that data residing in enterprise data centers will like increase by 40 to 60 percent compounded annually during the next few years. Big data is at the center of this problem, but it is not the only issue. Many companies have begun using large databases to support many traditional functions that have required relatively small amounts of data in the past. This has combined with big data to create a major security and regulatory challenge because companies don't just have to store the data, they have to back it up effectively.

The combination of storage and backup is leading to data center sprawl as many organizations end up overbuying to meet capacity and performance requirements. According to the report, this not only leads to significant fiscal problems from a capital perspective, it also leads to inefficiency throughout the data center. Avoiding these issues is vital as IT managers work to keep up with rising data challenges.

Using console management to remove overhead
Costs associated with the overhead of managing the data center, delivering power and keeping systems cool can increase substantially when data center sprawl kicks in. Developing methods to manage the data center more effectively can resolve some of these issues. Console servers give IT leaders the ability to make configuration adjustments remotely, or from a central control panel, enabling them to respond to problems rapidly and alleviate the costs created when data center issues linger while IT managers travel to the location and have to manually adjust the configuration. The capabilities of console management systems are particularly beneficial in large data centers or situations where companies have multiple facilities spread over a region, making the technology a good option to address data center sprawl.

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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