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Console management can help IT leaders handle private cloud challenges

By Max Burkhalter
September 16, 2013

The private cloud gives organizations access to many of the benefits of public cloud computing, but eliminates the fogginess surrounding data ownership issues, reliability and security. This makes the private cloud a nice fit for many organizations, but they better be ready to face some new data center management challenges if they want to handle the technology effectively. Organizations depending on the private cloud need to manage the data center more efficiently than with traditional configurations, respond to problems faster and still handle all of the systems that are not a natural fit with the cloud. This can be a daunting task, but console server systems can help.

How the private cloud works
Building a private cloud, though expensive, is not necessarily too difficult. The final product is complex and difficult to manage, but the principles that turn an internal IT configuration into a private cloud are not a major reach for many organizations. The first part of a private cloud plan consists of virtualizing servers to abstract virtual machines from the actual hardware. Once that is finished, the servers within the private cloud need to be clustered together so they can communicate with one another easily and stay separate from other systems in the data center. From here, companies turn to automation and orchestration suites to add the cloud functionality, and the solution is set.

Once finished, the private cloud gives IT managers a tightly interconnected, efficient and fast-moving setup that can deliver incredible results when everything works well. When things do not go quite right, the management burden can be staggering.

Managing the private cloud
A private cloud will run like a well-oiled machine when left to its own devices because it is built on automation and orchestration. However, this operational method also leads to a situation in which different systems are highly dependent on one another. A malfunction in one part of the private cloud, therefore, has a retroactive impact on the rest of the configuration and must be dealt with as quickly as possible.

Console management can pay major dividends in this area. A console server system gives IT leaders the ability to control and alter various aspects of the data center remotely. This means that, for example, if a system administrator is traveling to a branch office when a problem with the private cloud arises, that individual does not need to travel back to the data center to solve the issue. The rapid-response capabilities enabled by console servers make the solution an ideal fit for organizations using the private cloud.

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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