Shift to Cloud-centric Edge for Agility, but Core Remains Viable
By end 2021, IDC expects 80% of enterprises to initiate their shift to the cloud twice as fast as before the pandemic. While the benefits of cloud are enterprise agility and less need to invest in IT infrastructure, migrating to the cloud is challenging, especially in terms of I&O skills and cost management. The benefits of core, including control of facilities and the IT environment, remain the same. 1 So while the need to deliver resources to edge locations will spur cloud-centric edge solutions for faster responses, improved resilience, business scaling, and operational flexibility 2 , on-premises data centers will remain viable for specialized applications or ones with strict compliance requirements.
Security Spending on the Rise, Nature of Threats Evolving
Data centers are a prime target for cybercriminals with attacks increasing during the pandemic as remote/hybrid work models exposed network vulnerabilities. Gartner reports that the global data center security market will be valued at US$200 billion by late 2021, a 6% year-over-year increase. 1 Nearly half of data breaches result from human error or system glitches, but new cyber-attacks are more likely to be from actual threat actors. Ransomware, for example, is a growing concern for data center operations as cybercriminals target infrastructure. Businesses need to take precautions to protect data or risk suffering financial and reputational damage, lost intellectual property and even noncompliance fines from industry regulators. 2
Mandates for Sustainability as the Greening Game Gets Real
There are many advantages to incorporating green options for optimal data center operations, and demand for sustainable data center solutions continues to soar, spurred by innovations in cooling techniques and automation. As IDC reports, by 2025, 90% of G2000 companies will mandate requirements regarding reusable materials in IT hardware supply chains, carbon neutrality targets for providers’ facilities, and lower energy use. 1 Thus, accelerating towards sustainability with green initiatives is something that data center infrastructure providers will need to do. Optimizing data center energy management at the outlet level is also vital to achieving energy efficiency and reducing costs in data centers without harming IT reliability. 2
Accelerated Shift to Automation, as Advanced AI Robotics Loom
Even before the pandemic, automating processes and routine services for data center management in tandem with remote over IP capabilities was increasing. But now, because of a limited workforce, automation is accelerating beyond firmware updates into advanced processes that ensure seamless operational flow with minimal human intervention. According to IDC, by 2023, all IT and business automation initiatives for extending resource control and analytics are likely to be supported by the emerging cloud ecosystem. 1 Furthermore, as both hyperscale and edge data centers expand, more businesses will deploy robotics and automation to monitor and maintain their data centers for everything from rack rollouts to site monitoring and physical security. 2
ATEN Data Center / Server Room solutions facilitate new approaches to IT management and have the following advantages:
Secure, Centralized Access for Remote IT Infrastructure Management
Offering smooth, secure, remote access to the devices in your IT infrastructure through a single portal that is accessible from anywhere, ATEN over IP solutions provide 24/7 control that eliminates the distance restrictions of data center management, allowing centralized real-time updating and maintenance, enabling a faster response to mission-critical emergencies, and ensuring the seamless provision of IT services.
Enhanced Security Features that Prevent Unauthorized Access
Solutions utilize the industry’s highest security standards and protocols, including RADIUS, LDAP, LDAPS, secured authentication, data encryption, and network IP/MAC address filter. User/group access and permissions are tightly configurable, while ATEN CCVSR software adds yet another layer of security by recording all remote access operations, providing automatic and independent 24/7 monitoring of your entire data center infrastructure.
New Standards in Resilience to Ensure Rapid Infrastructure Recovery
Tailored to minimize downtime via features that provide robust reliability, ATEN over IP solutions not only support OOB management but also integrate dual power supplies / dual network interface controllers (NIC) to provide backup redundancy, while on the admin side, CC2000 uses primary-secondary architecture to offer service redundancy with database updating, so that functionality, data, and management services are never lost.
Flexible Deployment, Scalability to Increase Business Agility
ATEN’s extensive range of over IP hardware coupled with advanced management software, provides flexible solutions that are future-proof, scalable, and implementable across the board to help any business align their data center infrastructure with their strategic needs. ATEN solutions support the continual re-evaluation of business requirements as well as allow you to keep pace with tool proliferation in increasingly complex environments.
Intuitive, Convenient Control for the Strategic Delivery of IT Services
Making data center management intuitive and convenient, ATEN’s CC2000 Centralized Management Software consolidates the management of all devices – servers, switches, PDUs – through a single, tree-view, easy-to-use interface, with a Panel DynaArrayTM function that displays the output of multiple ports in individual panels on the administrator’s screen, while our KVM over IP switches support an intuitive Magic PanelTM GUI with multi-language support.
Commitment to Smart, Green Data Center Power Management
Providing the tools to remotely control the power of any server in a data center and remotely access individual outlets and outlet groups, as well as generate power analysis for optimizing data center management and energy usage, ATEN PDUs allow you to save energy without harming IT reliability. Fully integrable with ATEN’s KVM over IP switches and serial consoles as part of a total data center and power management solution, ATEN PDUs are the smart choice for deployment in any data center or server room to turn your IT infrastructure into an IT ecosystem.
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