Server Management in the Distributed Data Centre (Part 2)

Flexible, Scalable and Cost Effective.

The dynamic nature of the distributed data centre and cost constraints demands any remote server management solution to provide flexibility and scalability as part of the solution, without requiring the purchase of additional elements. A distributed solution should provide:

• No special software licenses to buy or maintain (client software, remote users, etc.)

• No special cabling limitations (supports CAT5 cabling)

• No special hardware or dongles to purchase and install

• Incremental ‘add-as-you-grow’ capability with no sudden cost increase to scale and add additional servers or remote administrators

• No conflict with existing server management solutions (no ‘rip-and-replace’)

• Ability to enhance existing server management solutions (local KVM)

• Ability to integrate into larger remote (OOBI10) management architecture 10 Out Of Band Infrastructure

Fault Tolerant and Secure.

Distributed remote assets must be fault-tolerant and secure by providing the following benefits:

• Allows management access when server, OS, or network stack is compromised

• No single point of failure (e.g. unit failure doesn’t effect other systems)

• Designed for high MTBF (Mean Time before Failure) (e.g. no moving parts, cooling fans, power supplies)

• No special security software or infrastructure to purchase, install and maintain

• Uses existing IT security services (RADIUS, LDAP, Active Directory)

• Optional out-of-band access in case of network failure (e.g. serial modem access)