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The efficiency side of data center console management

By Max Burkhalter
May 30, 2014

Reports released several years ago highlighted the growing environmental impact that modern data centers have had and will continue to have in the future. Although many would argue that the use of digital files rather than paper ones is a progressive step in the right direction, data center managers will need to focus efforts on efficiency-centric console management to ensure the smallest carbon footprint possible.

Less use of utilities will not only help drive a brand's stature in the eyes of the highly eco-conscious consumers of the modern marketplace, but can also work to reduce operational expenditures over time. In the current data management arena, efficiency and security seem to be the most common priorities of the relevant decision-makers, and both are possible with the right tools and solutions.

Data Center Knowledge recently listed some of the more common reasons why data centers are beginning to more frequently use environmental centers, stating that some of the catalysts are related to performance while othershave more to do with energy efficiency. According to the news provider, analysts from Gartner have pointed out that environmental sensors can work to reduce the risk of over- or under-cooling, as well as electrostatic discharges and corrosion.

From this standpoint, environmental sensors can also be viewed as a continuity buffer, in that they will more quickly alert managers to issues that might lead to disruptions, damage and other adverse events. The source noted that sensors can come with significant cost benefits over time, with certain studies indicating that they lead to up to four percent less energy consumption for each degree above the baseline.

Finally, Data Center Knowledge noted that these types of solutions can improve the intelligence of decision-making over time, as managers will have access to more robust information regarding performance and various other system utilization data.

As data centers become more advanced and widespread, many organizations will need support to strengthen their console management practices.

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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