Console management can have disaster recovery implications

Console management gives IT the control it needs to prevent or overcome technical disasters.

By Donna Donnawitz
March 5, 2013

Data center managers have a major problem when it comes to disaster recovery. If a storm hits and power goes out or a server fails and virtual machines become inaccessible, businesses can experience extended periods of downtime that disrupts productivity and leads torevenue loss. What's worse, the greatest damage of an extended outage often comes in the form of reputation-related consequencesthat can hurt a company's long-term profits. Avoiding this kind of outage, or at least minimizing its impact on operations, is essential.

Console server infrastructure can go a long way toward easing disaster recovery concerns by giving IT managers the control they need to respond to disasters quickly and, in some cases, prevent them in the first place.

Using console management to recover from disasters
Consider what normally has to happen when a server fails. IT managers have to go to manually transmit backup data from a secondary system to a new server. While the backup setup can be accessed remotely through the web in many cases, a new physical server usually has to be established in person. This can create major challenges when it comes to getting systems running as quickly as possible. Console server systems can alleviate this problem.

IT leaders can use console management systems to establish new servers and adjust other aspects of the configuration remotely. This is especially handy for businesses with data centers that are distributed between third-party locations, branch offices or other facilities. In such a setup, IT administrators often have to physically travel to the facility to make the changes needed to recover systems. Console management makes that travel time unnecessary, at least when it comes to getting backup systems running, alleviating many recovery-related concerns.

Console servers can prevent disasters
Overheating is one common cause of equipment failure. Itcan happen when hot spots occur in the data center and hardware is effected. Console management systems provide IT with the ability to almost immediately adjust the data center configuration to get rid of the hot spot. This can be done by adjusting the cooling system or moving virtual machines to an area unaffected by temperature issues before problems arise. Hot spots are just one example of a problem that console management can resolve quickly enough to prevent a disaster.

Console servers give IT leaders more control over the data center configuration. This can have major disaster recovery implications and help businesses avoid major problems.

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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