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Network systems, console management becoming vital as IT changes

By Donna Donnawitz
November 21, 2012
The IT department is probably going to look a lot different in a few years than it does now. Most experts agree that cloud computing is a genuinely transformative technology, not just a new toy for IT professionals to play with. As cloud computing contributes to a shift in how organizations function, IT departments have to change how they get the job done.

Cloud computing transforming IT operations
Citing the published works of industry expert Nick Carr, the report explained that the widespread deployment of IT systems within businesses has created an environment in which organizations can rarely separate themselves from the competition through technology. This pushed IT into the role of a background facilitator tasked with keeping everything running. Cloud computing equalizes technological capabilities to such a degree that companies can often sustain operations without having to maintain many internal services.

According to the news source, this transformation pushes IT into a strategic role. As a result, IT no longer does its customary job of requisitioning hardware and other resources, supporting them and keeping everything running. Instead, the IT department maintains a bare minimum of internal services while enabling self-service functionality that allows business leaders to subscribe to cloud and other third-party resources. As a result, IT focuses on providing oversight, governance and strategic vision for corporate technological deployment.

Considering the ramifications of IT transformation
As companies transform their IT systems to depend more on cloud computing solutions and other third-party technology resources, organizations have to rethink how they bring data into the enterprise. In many cases, this involves upgrading the WAN and possibly investing in MAN infrastructure to support ongoing data delivery requirements. In many instances, companies are best served using fiber to Ethernet media converters to get the most out of their network services, as it enables them to maximize performance when data is delivered from third-party sources to end users.

At the same time, many companies will house private IT systems in remote locations when depending heavily on cloud systems and innovative data center strategies. As IT transforms to respond to this trend, the need for console server infrastructure becomes heightened. Such investments enable IT departments to respond quickly to data center issues by managing infrastructure remotely, ensuring efficient use of technology resources.

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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