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Whitepaper: Data Center Infrastructure Management

by AvocentJul 31, 2011

Today's data centers are no longer just an enabler to the business; they can often provide corporations with competitive advantages and are the underpinnings to corporate success. Effective data center infrastructure management strategies can propel the efficiency, utilization, and availability of data center assets and services. However, a fundamental rethinking of the relationships between facilities and IT infrastructure components, that provides consistent and predictable levels of efficiency, utilization, and availability to their respective organizations, needs to occur.

While both IT and facilities organizations have invested heavily in technology resources (people, processes, and tools) to manage the data center infrastructure, they have failed to achieve the promise and potential due to critical gaps between their data center facilities and IT infrastructure components.

A new perspective on managing the critical infrastructure gaps is emerging that recognizes:
• The importance of real-time data to understand the true capacity of available infrastructure
• The criticality of interdependencies between logical and physical layers
• The need for holistic management capabilities and visibility of IT and facilities infrastructures
• The need for more powerful management tools that offer a rich, visual view of the infrastructure and can guide design and change management

This forward-looking perspective will be the guiding force behind new data center infrastructure management (DCIM) solutions from industry leaders such as Emerson Network Power®.

Whitepaper: Designing a Responsible Cloud Infrastructure

by AvocentJul 29, 2011

Cloud computing implementations have the potential to drive significant improvements in operational efficiency and reductions in operational expenditures.

In order to ensure reliability in a Cloud infrastructure, however, organizations need to adopt management practices and infrastructure designs consistent with what ENTERPRISE MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATES® (EMA™) analysts have referred to as a "Responsible Cloud" deployment that is secure, reliable, economical, and rapidly extensible.

Enterprises can achieve a Responsible Cloud with the introduction of key practices and enabling management tools that aid in appropriately sizing the infrastructure, ensuring high-availability, and minimizing operating expenses.

Whitepaper: Ready Your Infrastructure for the Cloud

by AvocentJul 29, 2011

We have all heard the incredible predictions for and forecasted adoption rates of cloud computing:
• IDC estimates the market for cloud products and services growing to $56B by 2014.
• Gartner more optimistically estimates the cloud market at $150B by 2013.
• AMI's research estimates that SMB cloud spending alone will reach $100B by 2014.

Is this hype or has the cloud arrived? Before we can answer that question, we will need to take a step back and explore just what this thing called "cloud" really is and what organizations hope to gain from it.

Companies today want to use cloud technology to make their businesses more efficient, hoping to deliver apps, storage, computing power and infrastructure on demand. Unfortunately, many organizations are letting the bright promise of cloud distract them from first ensuring that their existing infrastructures are up for the challenge. Before companies can make the cloud commitment, they need to assess their current processes and procedures.

In this paper, we will look into:
• What trends in the data center are driving a need for cloud computing?
• What has happened in technology to make this the perfect time for cloud?
• How prepared is my data center infrastructure to reap the benefits of the cloud?

We will also outline some trends and technologies that make the environment ripe for cloud as well as some tips for preparing your network for the cloud.

Whitepaper: Back to the Future: The New IT Infrastructure Opportunity

by AvocentJul 28, 2011

As we look out into future of the IT infrastructure landscape, it is becoming ever clearer that we are rein-venting our past. The legacy of the IT industry took shape around the concepts of centralized computing, in which the computing intelligence was warehoused in a consolidated fashion in data centers filled with mainframes, and the user was relegated to the large "green screen" entry terminals where the data was entered at the desk but stored back in the data center.

As the technology grew in capability and shrank in physical size and cost, we entered the realm of distributed computing models. We added more intelligence to the workstations, added storage capabilities and pushed out the applications to end clients and allowed for the data to be stored in a distributed manner.

This approach allowed for more autonomy by workers and improved performance of workers, functioning within the confines of their capabilities on their desktop computers.

This growth in distributed computing grew even more rapidly as the technology allowed for mobile devices and enabled the workers to take their work home, on the road or wherever they needed to work.

One can even argue now, that as the technology continues to evolve, we are enabling even more mobilization of the data through the advancements of handheld devices and PDAs.

Whitepaper: How to Prepare Your Infrastructure for the Cloud

by AvocentMay 10, 2011

Companies today look towards cloud computing to make their businesses more efficient. However, many companies fail to assess their current processes and procedures before transitioning to the cloud. This white paper outlines trends and technologies that make the environment ripe for the cloud and reviews tips for preparing your network for the cloud.

Whitepaper: Case Study: Telefonica Reduces Site Visits by 50% with Avocent

by AvocentMar 09, 2011

Learn how Telefonica, the largest alternative carrier in Germany, reduced costs by cutting remote site visits by 50% and achieved faster problem identification and resolution with Avocent.

Servicing more than 30 national carriers, 160 Internet Service Providers and 30 of the biggest German online services requires Telefonica to deliver the global reach, connectivity, guaranteed Service Level Agreements, scalability and flexibility that businesses demand of an Internet Access Provider. Telefonica needed a way to better access and manage IT equipment � including servers, routers, switches � at 280 POP locations throughout Germany.

Because Telefonica guarantees its Internet access service and performance as being reliable, the company counts on its equipment to continuously get the job done with little or no downtime.

Telefonica considered several vendors but chose Avocent because of the company�s flexibility in customizing its AlterPath� Advanced Console Server (ACS) to incorporate an ISDN card. It is one of the few console servers with a PCMCIA slot, which allows for enhanced functionality with support for many interface cards and product features, including offline data buffering and scripting.

Most important, the AlterPath�ACS offers Telefonica network managers a secure, reliable and cost-effective solution to remotely maintain and monitor up to 16 routers, servers and other network devices per POP over a LAN/WAN network.

Whitepaper: Secure, Remote Access for IT Infrastructure Management

by AvocentMar 09, 2011

New technologies have replaced mainframes and minicomputers located in a single data center with a distributed infrastructure of servers, private branch exchanges (PBXs) and network equipment.

These developments have reduced space requirements and cost, and increased scalability and flexibility in today�s computing environment.

At the same time, however, the configuration and management of the information technology (IT) infrastructure is now more complex, creating new challenges for a company�s IT staff. Chief among these challenges is maintaining server and network availability in a widely dispersed infrastructure. Without remote IT infrastructure management, unplanned network and server downtime could lead to regulatory non-compliance, lost customers and lost revenue.

Managing today�s dispersed computing infrastructure requires access to any device on a network, at any time and from any place in the world. Because all servers and many non-computing devices already include a serial port, gaining remote access to those serial ports provides a cost-effective way to manage all of a company�s servers and network-attached devices.

Through a device�s serial port, an IT administrator can monitor and manage the device whether or not the network itself is functioning. This capability saves travel time and cost and reduces unplanned downtime, maintaining network operation and improving company productivity.

The Avocent ACS advanced console server offers the most feature-rich set of capabilities in modern console servers.

Whitepaper: Proven Best Practices for Network Device Management

by AvocentMar 09, 2011

This paper discusses the state of your dilemmas and issues faced in network management.

We know how complex your job can be. And more often, than not, the stresses you face are due to fast changing business demands that don�t match up to the wide and varied technologies you have in your data center. Legacy devices, quick fix add-ons, forgotten methodologies�they all add up to a rich environment for angst.

In this brief paper, we�ll address some of the best practices we�ve observed our customers implementing with the Avocent Corporation network infrastructure management technology.

You will take away some useful insights on how to best work toward meeting your end goals.

Whitepaper: The Business Imperative to Gain Data Center Insight

by AvocentJul 29, 2010

To manage costs, capacity and operations, today�s dynamic data centers require new tools to understand assets and they�re use in order to deliver consistent, reliable and fast service to the business. Learn how with field-proven Avocent MergePoint� Infrastructure Explorer software.

Webcast: Hands-on data center management shouldn't give you paper cuts

by AvocentJul 29, 2010

This live webcast demonstrates how field-proven Avocent MergePoint� Infrastructure Explorer software is already providing substantial ROI for data centers up to 500 racks. Its dynamic, graphic interface gives a deep view of your data center to help you more efficiently plan changes, lower operating costs, and deliver on-target capacity planning.