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October 23, 2009

Optimizing Network Resources for Cost Efficiency

By Erin Harrison, Executive Editor, Strategic Initiatives

For enterprises, the management, maintenance and monitoring of the network have taken on new levels of importance – requiring hardware and software applications to ensure security, performance and reliability – with the ultimate goal of optimizing these resources for cost efficiency.

A recent study revealedthat the world’s largest IT departments have millions of servers that are not doing anything useful, which proves the argument that enterprises need to consolidate and unify resources in the data center to effectively manage mission-critical data.
“With U.S. data center energy consumption at an all time high, it’s only logical that we reconsider how we are using IT resources. An unnecessary amount of data servers are plugged in 24/7 in an age when power-saving tools are available to businesses,” said Kateri Callahan, president of the Alliance to Save Energy.
Faced with a fast-moving regulatory environment – including the U.S. climate bill, pending EPA data center initiatives and the upcoming climate talks in Copenhagen, the U.S. IT sector may soon be under greater scrutiny for its power consumption, which is motivating companies to stay ahead of the curve and make smart, energy- and cost-efficient changes.
A unified approach to physical and logical systems architecture is imperative to pave the way for solutions that address requirements for reduced risk, lower costs, increased agility and enhanced sustainability, according to the experts at Panduit.
The company’s Physical Infrastructure Manager Software Platform helps to ensure integrity throughout the enterprise, while providing asset and work order management, real-time change notifications and remote and on-site accessibility to network systems for enhanced visibility and control, company officials said.
Panduit’s PIMSoftware Platform offers “robust” performance functions, including automated documentation of network connectivity, change notifications, asset management and reporting, and virtual server mapping.
The PIM Software Platformoffers a Web-based management system that allows access to remote facility devices from one Web access point, cost-effectively extending monitoring and management capabilities to offices or locations either regionally or globally. The Panview iQ System, which feeds information directly into the PIM Software Platform, helps IT stakeholders address risk by providing real-time monitoring and visibility of physical layer connectivity within enterprise data centers and telecommunication spaces, Panduit officials said.
According to company officials, the completely integrated PIM Software Platform:
• Offers vital access to real-time network information anytime, from anywhere in the world;
• Provides auditable event logs that help to comply with industry regulations;
• Provides a scalable system to meet future demands;
• Lowers installation, configuration and maintenance costs;
• Increases network reliability and performance; and
• Reduces downtime and total cost of ownership.
As technologies continue to advance, system-wide consolidation and convergence of under-utilized assets can help improve efficiencies and conserve scarce resources in the data center and throughout the building. In addition the scalability of systems enables cost-effective growth as business and market needs continue to change, and greater operational efficiencies of existing resources are achieved through process improvement and resource management, including the reduction of mean time to repair, Panduit officials said.

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