IP Devices Promise the Future of Data Center Control and Management
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Overview: IT professionals have always wanted the flexibility of anytime, anywhere access to their
servers, network devices, and applications. Whether problems caused by device failures,
denial of service attacks, cyber intrusions and malware, or natural disasters, data centers are
constantly at risk. This need for secure remote management has risen to the forefront as a top
priority on the "To Do" list of network administrators. Until now, this was cost-prohibitive
for all but the largest data centers. However, the affordability of IP remote management
devices has enabled organizations of all sizes to benefit from secure over IP access across the
room, throughout an office complex in a distributed computing environment or transcending
global boundaries - all via an Internet connection and browser.
The question becomes: How can remote management not make sense, and what is the effect on the information infrastructure? The answer to the first half of the question lies in the optimization of IP KVM (keyboard/video/mouse) switches and IP-based remote management devices. These technology enablers help network administrators to easily and effectively diagnose, control and repair server-based problems from any location in real time. In terms of the second part of the question, for an organization with many legacy devices and existing KVM switches, an IP-based remote management device is the answer.
These can work with both analog and digital KVM switches. Other organizations may opt for hybrid devices that combine both the KVM switch and remote management functionality in one box. With either option, network administrators can receive significant.