The reality of today’s global economy requires companies to face the challenges of worldwide operations, 24x7x365 business models and e-commerce transactions. The always-on, always-ready business climate demands continuous, uninterrupted information access and can mean the difference between success and failure.
Network availability and data access are now essential parts of the corporate value chain, so data centres are the centre of a company’s daily operations. For many companies, the data centre has quickly become their most critical asset.
Data centre dependence has evolved into a complicated environment with a mixture of new and legacy equipment and a myriad of devices and strategies. It is not uncommon for modern data centres to have a varied mix of entry-level to enterprise-class servers running various operating systems, firewalls, gateways, switches, routers, environmental monitoring solutions, building automation systems, and uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) to name just a few.
This list continues to grow in today’s managed-systems environment. But, all the efforts to deliver faster and constant access to corporate information assets, improve uptime, and shorten windows of recovery for disasters have driven complexities up and utilisation rates down.