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.
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