IT managers responsible for reliable, speedy and cost-effective computing don't track all data center operations. Server management tools explore and collect buried information on data center processes. By exploring management software options, understanding a data center's specific needs and successfully implementing tools, data center managers enhance operations and improve troubleshooting.
1Where it all begins-
Selecting a server management tool
Server management automation lets busy administrators operate a growing amount of virtual workloads and ensure the underlying hardware's proper performance over time, but selecting the wrong tool for your data center can do more harm than good. This section covers what to focus on when choosing your perfect management tool.
New cloud platforms aren't always the right way to go. Cloud may be agile, scalable and affordable, but the right server management and automation can turn your servers, applications and data into equally standardized, automated, self-provisioning environments. Continue Reading
2They have what?-
Proprietary and third-party vendors
Hardware vendors like IBM and Hewlett-Packard Co. provide monitoring tools to manage their systems. So do software vendors, who often create open-source products to work with hardware from various vendors. Here are some examples of management tools from third-party vendors that can be implemented to benefit your environment.
Should you opt for a server management tool from your hardware vendor or from a third-party software vendor? Choosing between the two depends on certain criteria, such as price and vendor mix. Here's how to make the difficult decision. Continue Reading
3Observe from afar-
Remote server management
Remote server administration tools give IT professionals the ability manage data centers without actually being there. With growing IT needs at branch offices and businesses colocating some compute resources, remote server management is gaining importance.
Which remote server administration tool is best for your IT organization? Here are the criteria for choosing the right tool and suggestions for how to optimally deploy it. Continue Reading