Thursday, June 26, 2014
DCIM''s potential highlights value of console management
Console server configurations give IT leaders remote management capabilities in the data center, functionality that could prove critical as efficiency demands rise. The data center infrastructure management sector is rising as more IT leaders work to find ways to maximize facility efficiency and get the most out of their technology. This move to optimize data center resources focuses on the infrastructure and configuration, however, and is not necessarily a holistic plan. Instead, organizations that want to truly optimize efficiency need to couple those configuration management efforts with tools that improve processes. Console management makes this possible.
The rise of DCIM
A recent DataCenter Dynamics report explained that many stakeholders in contemporary data centers find themselves wanting more resources. In this environment, organizations have to deal with IT teams that are constantly looking to get more rack space to meet business demands. This is a problem because corporate users are constantly pushing compute capacity boundaries and wanting more resources to get the job done. All of this, in turn, leaves facilities teams in a situation where they need more power capacity to support day-to-day operations.
According to the news source, many businesses run into walls when it comes to meeting the variety of demands for more resources in the data center. A facility can only expand so much and power capacities are limited. This leaves companies with the difficult decision of whether they should build a new data center, renovate their existing facility or turn to some form of outsourcing. DCIM solutions can make such plans unnecessary because the DCIMplatform works to optimize infrastructure configuration and utilization rates to maximize the resources organizations already have available.
Taking efficiency to another level through better processes
There is a clear need to get more done while using fewer resources, and the DCIM movement emphasizes this necessity across the data center sector. However, maximizing efficiency isn't just about using infrastructure and facility resources as efficiently as possible, it is also about using the people who manage the data center effectively. This means avoiding waste that is created in manual processes. For example, eliminating the trips that IT workers take to data centers in branch offices. These types of procedural inefficiencies create costs in many ways, and they need to be avoided if organizations want to truly optimize their IT operations.
Console management plays a key role in this process optimization function by enabling secure, remote management of data center configurations, letting IT solve data center problems or complete key changes regardless of their location.
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.