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Data center inefficiencies lead to numerous setbacks

By Donna Donnowitz
November 27, 2012
For an organization to be successful, effective technology is essential. Businesses in every industry and sector depend on technology to various degrees. If that technology fails to deliver, the firm will struggle to thrive.

One of the most critical areas in this regard is the data center. While it may not always be at the top of CEOs' agendas, an effective data center is a vital component of healthy companies.

However, as a recent study demonstrated, many firms have had significant experiences with inefficient data centers, and these have led to serious setbacks.

Innovation barriers
The study, The Datacenter's Role in Delivering Business Innovation, was conducted by IDC and included more than 500 IT and facilities professionals from midsized and large firms. It found that while organizations are investing heavily in data center innovation, this money does not always translate into a more powerful or effective system.

"Organizations are spending hundreds of billions of dollars each year on the infrastructure deployed in their datacenters, and even more on power and cooling plus IT and Facilities support staff to ensure that current and new applications are highly available,” said Richard Villars, vice president of Data Center and Cloud at IDC and author of the study.

According to the study, though, 84 percent of respondents have experienced issues regarding data center power, space and cooling capabilities, assets and uptime. These problems have resulted in numerous setbacks, including delayed or abandoned application rollouts, the reallocation of OpEx and CapEx budgets away from strategic goals and reduced customer support quality.

"Data centers present major challenges for organizations today, and these can have impacts on the business”, said Terrence Clark, general manager of Energy and Sustainability solutions for CA Technologies, which sponsored the study. “Conventional approaches often make it difficult to monitor and manage data center space, power, cooling and assets effectively."

Solutions needed
As these results demonstrate, many firms need to consider improved methods to ensure data center efficiency and dependability. One such option is the implementation of console management. With such a system, IT managers can access the data center from anywhere at any time. This can greatly reduce response times when issues arise, thereby improving the efficiency of the data center.

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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