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Sustainability plans should leave room for console management

By Max Burkhalter
February 1, 2013

Sustainability and energy efficiency programs are becoming staples of the data center industry as businesses look for more ways to increase capacity and performance while reducing power costs. This has created an environment in which companies are looking for simple and intuitive ways to improve power efficiency without straining the budget or creating operational problems. Console server systems meet this criteria and can serve as a key efficiency enabler in the data center.

Considering sustainability low-hanging fruit
When it comes to data center sustainability plans, many organizations strive to find the low-hanging fruit that can provide a simple path to better energy use. Simple strategies like using aisle containment, raising the temperature in the data center by a few degrees and using more sustainable lighting systems all fall under this category. At this level of investment, the gains can be considerable, but they will generally not be as significant as holistic changes to the data center. However, many businesses do not have the funds necessary to install a new cooling system, buy new power supplies or renovate the facility. Because of this, picking the low-hanging fruit has become the priority.

These simple efficiency solutions can go a long way toward helping IT managers make the most of the data center, but console management can maximize these benefits by providing IT leaders with the control they need.

Console management maximizes other efficiency investments
Okay, so you have turned the data center temperature up and are at the office about 15 minutes away from the facility where your IT equipment is housed. What happens when a new hot spot develops and the higher default temperatures lead to a major heat problem? In 15 minutes you could be looking at melted components and extended downtime, but you don't have technicians at the facility with the ability to adjust the configuration to deal with the hot spot and avoid an outage. This is the kind of situation that console management can resolve. By logging on to the console server system. you can move the virtual machines between various servers in a configuration, reducing the workloads of devices in the hot area and possibly turning them off once data is removed. you can then travel to the data center and solve the hot spot problem.

This type of control is a major asset when pursuing sustainability goals, making console management a key tool within energy efficiency plans.

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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