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FACILITIES management


Modern data centre management:


pain points and challenges


As data centres increase in complexity and scale, a number of new challenges are introduced for IT administrators and business managers trying to cost-effectively keep operations efficient, secure and reliable. The task of managing high-speed networks with multiple access points and having the ability to extract information as it is needed is becoming more difficult. More importantly, as virtualisation takes hold and traffic becomes increasingly ‘invisible’ to the physical network, getting to grips with network monitoring has become critical. This article will explore these challenges, and the pain points facing modern data centre management teams. By Trevor Dearing, EMEA Marketing Director, Gigamon.


IN SHORT, today’s data centre environments cannot be effectively managed without complete visibility. While administrators need to see patterns in packet data, business managers need to analyse application traffic to understand why certain undesirable events may be occurring. These events could include a slowdown in internet banking performance for financial institutions, just in time deliveries for the manufacturing industry or even broken access to patient records for healthcare providers using hospital technology.


That said, the design of data centres has evolved in such a way that visibility has unfortunately taken a back seat to innovation. The applications and operating systems that create and receive packets of data – the very information needed by admins and managers – no longer sit inside static servers, but have become dynamic and elusive due to increasing virtualisation.


It’s true that there are numerous benefits to virtualisation, which are further driving the trend. Among these is the creation of


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