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Facility and IT systems collide in the data center

By Max Burkhalter
September 21, 2012
As a general rule of thumb, kids left home alone together for more than a few minutes have to take advantage of that time to do something truly stupid, and incredibly fun. I'm not talking about crazy teenage parties and other potentially disconcerting leisure activities. I'm talking about the classics, like strapping couch cushions and running at each other at full speed down the hallway.

These types of collisions are generally the kind of thing that drives parents crazy. And really, that's not unreasonable. But for kids, whether they are strapping couch cushions together, dropping a basketball off the stairway or using some other innovative means to foster the atmosphere of chaos, the potential for fun is apparent.

Similarly, there are places in the technology world where disparate systems tend to collide in ways that, at first glance, may make engineers cringe. But in many cases, a child-like openness to the potential offered by such convergence can be important, especially in the data center.

According to a recent report from Today's Facility Manager, the data center industry has always been a hotbed for collisions between facility and IT solutions. However, the demand for such convergence efforts is rising considerably, with more businesses developing innovative ways to align facilities' systems with technological needs to improve efficiency.

Whether this is accomplished by using outside air to cool servers, sewer water for data center cooling or containerized infrastructure units, the potential for innovation by aligning facility and technology systems is considerable, the news source explained.

With facility and IT resources colliding in the data center, the potential for problems is minimal, while the potential gains are considerable. However, leveraging these benefits depends substantially on being able to manage the innovative systems used to enable efficiency.

Implementing console server infrastructure is one of the most effective ways to accomplish this. By connecting different facilities systems to the network, IT leaders can use a console management system to control everything from how virtual machine operating systems are set up to whether or not lights are on in different parts of the facility. Furthermore more, all of this can be accomplished from a remote location, cutting down on travel costs. When pushing to align facility and IT systems for energy efficiency, supporting solutions, such as console servers, are vital to optimizing operations and provide the control IT needs to optimize operations.

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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