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Console management can enable companies to invest in remote data center capacity

By Donna Donnawitz
October 30, 2012
Many businesses find themselves having to expand their IT footprint to support ongoing operations. As this trend continues to grow, especially in light of cloud computing and similar emerging technologies, more companies are looking for alternative ways to build out their data center capacity. In many cases, this involves turning to remote data center systems.

In some instances, a company will build a small data center at a remote location to expand its service zone and better support branch offices and customers. In others, an organization may rent space in a colocation center or similar facility. Regardless of how a company builds out remote data center infrastructure, the process creates management challenges because IT staff members have to travel to those locations to maintain infrastructure. Implementing console management systems can enable organizations to overcome this challenge and develop remote data center systems.

Benefits of developing off-site data center capacity
According to a recent Data Center Knowledge report, you stand to gain a lot from turning to third-party data center systems. One of the greatest advantages of remote data center systems is reduced building costs. When a company has an office building and works to fit its data center into that space, the costs of renovations, cabling installation and similar problems can escalate. Building a remote facility that is well planned and factory-constructed leads to a much more efficient process that is generally less expensive.

Since many businesses have to deal with internal data centers, their costs can be unpredictable. But colocation centers and other remote data centers can be built with more predictable cost models. This makes it much less expensive for organizations to invest in remote capacity, especially if they lease space in a third-party facility instead of building their own data center.

Other key advantages of remote data center capacity include easier risk management, accelerated deployment and better scalability.

Importance of console server infrastructure
If organizations choose to deploy remote data center resources, they can optimize their benefits by enlisting console server architectures. Console management gives IT leaders control over everything from server operating system setups to facility solutions. This allows them to not only depend on more efficient data centers, but also manage them more effectively, maximizing the value of IT systems.

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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