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Console servers are an ideal match to colocation's rise

By Max Burkhalter
August 15, 2013

You've probably heard of colocation. The data center hosting model has been around for years and has long been popular in isolated sectors that need incredibly low-latency data transmissions, such as automated financial trading. Like most IT industries, colocation is experiencing a transformation in light of cloud computing's recent rise. In the case of colocation, the service model is emerging as a key connecting point between company data center systems and cloud solutions, making colocation a prime option for a much wider range of organizations. Companies considering colocation may want to invest in console server systems and similar technologies to ease the management challenges that come from a colocation plan.

Colocation's growing role beside the cloud
Cloud computing is taking hold of many enterprise data and application assets, and the movement is not exclusive to that sector. Businesses in just about any industry can benefit from the cloud and many of them are doing it. The problem is that the cloud isn't a panacea, even if plenty of marketing people may try to tell you that it is. There are almost always going to be some applications, databases and services that company maintains that either should not be moved to the cloud, or will not work in a cloud environment. This alone means that companies turning to the cloud will need to maintain a significant internal data center presence even if they are committed to using the cloud as much as possible.

This leaves organizations needing to find a way to connect the data center assets they directly control with cloud systems. The process can prove to be an integration and performance nightmare unless handled well, and colocation is emerging as an ideal solution. This works for a few reasons, not least of which being that many cloud hosting providers also offer colocation services, making it easier for organizations to align their systems with a single provider. However, becoming more dependent on colocation means having to manage IT infrastructure that is operating in a remote facility.

Dealing with remote IT challenges
Console management solutions are an ideal option when organizations must maintain IT systems in a remote location. Console servers can provide a secure link between IT managers and the data center, allowing them to perform key maintenance operations and configuration changes through a central control application. This can make it much easier to use colocation services and help companies maximize the value of the 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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