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Tips for getting the data center ready for 2015

By Donna Donnowitz
January 14, 2015

Planning ahead is an important part of preparing a data center for a new year of operation. After all, new clients, regulations, expenses and innovations will spring up in 2015 - your IT team is better off preparing the facility for these changes sooner than later. Failure to schedule updates leaves your company at risk of unscheduled downtime, a problem that can critically impair your business in the new year and even contribute to an eventual bankruptcy. Use these strategies to plan piece-by-piece upgrades that improve the performance of your network without sacrificing resiliency.

General benchmarks for updates in 2015
One of the recurring challenges that companies face each year is to how to continue meeting increased demands for data capacity without breaking the bank. Data Center Knowledge recommended that IT teams look for strategies to make their current infrastructure more efficient. Improving performance monitoring, adding smart energy controls to data center infrastructure and investing in virtualization are all ways to address capacity concerns without resorting to expanding the square footage of your facility.

DCIM for the present and the future
Data center infrastructure management solutions can help your IT team every step of the way. When preparing to upgrade infrastructure, a DCIM can help to identify hardware weaknesses, develop process-specific solutions and plan a cohesive upgrade schedule. Once near gear has been installed, the DCIM your facility utilized can then be used to make sure the data center is running optimally.

Connectivity is key
Enterprise Networking Planet pointed out that 2014 was in many ways the year of Ethernet. With new performance standard and connection speeds like 400 GbE filling up the the market, IT teams are left to determine which Ethernet standard is best for their data center. Choosing to invest in a robust set of Serial-to-Ethernet solutions will help to make your facility more compatible with new infrastructure being released in 2015.

Perle's serial to Ethernet converters connect serial based equipment across an Ethernet network. The Perle IOLAN range of Console Servers, Device Servers and Terminal Servers feature built-in support for IPv6 along with a broad range of authentication methods and encryption technologies.


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