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Console management can prove vital when security, uptime are key

By Donna Donnawitz
October 23, 2012
If you work in the data center or IT industries, then you probably spend plenty of time worrying about data center security, compliance and uptime. What varies from one sector to another is the extent to which you have to be concerned. Companies face specific regulations based on everything from the types of payments that they handle to the variety of data they maintain.

The combination of strict regulatory requirements, reputational damage associated with data loss and the value of data center assets is pushing many businesses to put a greater emphasis on security and uptime. According to a recent Cabling Installation & Maintenance report, this focus on data protection is leading many managers to look for a better way to control the data center.

Using console management to gain control
If you want to gain full control over the data center, implementing console server systems is one option. This infrastructure establishes a foundation for console management, which allows you to control the entire data center, from access control to the configuration of virtual machines, through a console application.

This solution allows you to remotely control the data center using a mobile device or a console in an office. As a result, you not only gain more convenient control over the data center, you get more responsive and active management. For example, if a thunderstorm hits your data center and lightning causes a malfunction in the primary power supply, you can use the console management solution to switch on backup systems and prevent an extended outage.

Similarly, you can also use console management to protect data on servers. For example, you can enable updates remotely, protecting data from potential threats. This can come in handy if a new security vulnerability is recognized and a patch is released, but you have to be at a different data center on the day of the update.

The stringent regulatory climate that many businesses face, when combined with general security and availability concerns, can create major challenges for businesses. Using console management systems can give you the control you need to protect your data center more efficiently and prevent these efforts from becoming too great a burden on IT staff.

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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