Data Center Modifications : Buildouts & Acquisitions

By: Lisa RiCharde

Today's IT administrators have their hands full. In addition to managing the day-to-day IT activities, including moves, additions and changes (MAC), they're tasked with orchestrating executive decisions relating to build outs, consolidations and acquisitions (BOCA). These large-scale projects require careful planning and implementation to maintain the de facto standard of 24/7/365 network uptime.

To overcome the complexity and risks these data center transformations present, IT administrators need to establish a solid and effective process that ensures their success.

This white paper presents how remote access tools and the use of a five stage BOCA process supports these goals. By implementing robust out-of-band KVM switches, KVM over IP switches, and serial console servers early in the process, you can enable server monitoring while effectively managing the project. Travel is minimized and cycle times are reduced, resulting in a BOCA implementation that is completed in a timely, productive and efficient manner.

This White Paper Presents:

The New Five Stage BOCA Process:

- Assess - Understand what you have and what you hope to accomplish
- Plan - Collect an accurate inventory of all IT assets and resources to determine how you will get from where you are to where you want to be
- Build - Determine the simplicity or the complexity of what is required by the project while minimizing service disruptions during the transition
- Stabilize - Establish processes and procedures for ongoing remote access monitoring, enabling timely updates and fixes
- Optimize - Utilize a KVM switch solution to monitor ongoing data center operations and optimization new installations

Solutions:

- Software-based remote access products play a large part in successful BOCA implementations
- KVM switches can allow out-of-band access, control and management of servers, even if the network is down
- KVM switches enable businesses of all sizes to reduce costs, improve business continuity and support a robust level of security

To download the complete white paper, please visit: http://www.42u.com/data-center-transformations.htm.

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