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Console management and sustainability - getting the data center in shape

By Donna Donnawitz
September 30, 2013

Have you ever had one of those times when it seems like one breakthrough would solve so many problems, but there just isn't enough time or money to get things going in the right direction. Sometimes life leaves us feeling that way, and if you're an IT manager dealing with a complex data center, you probably feel like you just need one or two more tools that always seem out of reach. The problem, in many cases, is thata limiting IT budget can make it difficult to take on complex strategies that could lead to major positive change.

In some cases, the best way to overcome this kind of problem is take care of low-hanging fruit and solve simple problems. Console management solutions can play an integral role in this process, helping IT teams improve day-to-day efficiency to such a degree that they can create room for the breakthrough they need to improve data center efficiency.

The data center efficiency problem
Sustainability is a major problem in the data center as many companies find themselves running into walls where their IT systems need more power than is reasonably affordable. Finding ways to reduce energy use and keep costs under control becomes critical, but major changes are often out of reach. This is where a cost-efficient, secure console server architecture can help IT managers take key steps forward to resolve sustainability issues.

Sustainability low-hanging fruit can be easy to pluck, and useful. Aisle containment, LED light bulb installation, motion sensors, better management software and similar solutions can all be inexpensive, but they also share one common thread - they require lots of time to install and monitor. However, IT teams facing a complex data center have being busy as a common denominator. Finding ways to improve operational efficiency can be key in developing energy-efficiency programs, and console servers can help.

Using console management to overcome operational limitations
Console servers enable remote management of data center assets. This may sound simple and like it is not necessarily a big deal. But think about how much gas is used when IT teams travel to remote facilities or branch offices, how much light is used so a technician can walk between aisles to adjust the configuration and how much time is spent getting around the data center to manually work with systems. All of this waste can be erased through console servers, creating more room for efficiency adjustments and establishing a foundation for a sustainability breakthrough.

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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