Managing Servers: Lessons from an Enterprise Data Center

This article originally appeared on ChannelProNetwork

IT pros are using built-in server features to speed response time and reduce total cost of ownership. By Jeff Klaus.

Compared with their enterprise counterparts, IT teams supporting SMBs are typically more constrained by budget and headcount when asked to innovate around new opportunities. This interplay between doing additional, innovative work with fewer resources requires SMB teams to be smart, agile, and knowledgeable.

So SMBs are following in the footsteps of enterprises by fully leveraging built-in server features that speed response time and reduce total cost of ownership. Two of these features are remote management and energy management, which contribute to the extended lifespan of servers and minimize business disruptions due to server failures. Small IT organizations that take advantage of these features can maximize the value of their servers while saving themselves time to focus on supporting services and revenue.

Remote KVM Capabilities

Decades have passed since the first keyboard, video, and mouse (KVM) switches were invented. Even so, many IT teams cannot afford the dedicated hardware. A KVM overlay network also raises energy costs and increases complexity. Software KVM solutions have helped smaller organizations centralize support, but such software has traditionally been bundled into best-in-class consoles and platforms that do not fit SMB budgets.

Even SMBs without a data center can utilize and benefit from real-time server temperature data. IT can identify hot spots before they lead to server or rack failures or shorten the lifespan of the assets. Since most SMBs cannot afford the same level of redundancy as enterprise data centers, proactive temperature monitoring and automated threshold alerts can avoid service outages that translate to loss of revenue.

SMBs with the most limited IT resources can benefit the most from solutions that leverage this server intelligence. The resulting productivity boosts and operating cost savings translate to very short ROI payback periods for the best-in-class offerings.