Server Management in the Distributed Data Centre (Part 1)

In the distributed data centre, there are many elements to consider when developing an overall server IP-based KVM management strategy. Guaranteed Anytime Anywhere Access.

A server management solution should support guaranteed access (anytime, anywhere) to servers regardless of how many users are logged in. Criteria to look for include:

• Secure administrator access to servers over an IP network - from LAN or the Internet

• Non-blocked access to servers (e.g. no conflict for remote access)

• BIOS level access to servers

• No limitations on locations of servers (across the room, across the globe)

Simple and Non-Invasive.

Any server management strategy should reduce complexity and lower the overall IT workload. Deployment, installation and usage of a server management solution should minimize or eliminate impact on the server, its operating systems, services and applications. The solution should offer:

• Simple and quick installation

• No special hardware (management cards, etc.) to install in server

• No special software (drivers, application software) to install and maintain on server

• Operating system and application independent

• Simplified remote maintenance (e.g. Virtual Media support)

• No special software to install and maintain on clients

• Small size (form factor)

• Minimal power consumption and heat generation

• Flexible cabling (utilize CAT5 cabling)

• No special training required to install or operate