Your IT staff can be in two places at once.

Your IT staff can be in two places at once.
Even three or four. Five. Six. A hundred.
With Avocent’s Branch Infrastructure Management Solution
The Challenge:
Far and away the
most effective solution
for managing far
away devices.
No need to strictly follow those traditional (aka
“old-fashioned”) methods of handling remote
locations, such as component-to-component
hardware redundancy, in-band monitoring,
expensive on-site babysitting or just accepting
that your distant center will have problems
too difficult to quickly fix. We’ve taken more
than twenty years of success developing
data center optimization and endpoint
control products and created a unique,
multi-touch solution for Branch Infrastructure
Management. Whether it’s on a rack just
down the street or in a city across the planet,
this consolidated solution will give you more
efficient and effective control of your physical
IT assets. All of them. Everywhere. All of
the time.
Server sprawl, location sprawl,
everything sprawl
No matter how distributed your enterprise data infrastructure
is, the powers that be still expect everything to run as though
you’re standing right there in front of each individual panel.
But, how do you maintain expected service levels with
ever-tightening budgets and limited resources? Especially,
considering you have to deal with:
A mishmash of equipment. Your remote offices may be a
confusion of servers, PCs and routers, plus location-specific
devices such as point-of-sale (POS) terminals, kiosks and
mobile computers, but they all share one common trait–your
business demands that they’re always available.
A mishmash of people. It’s costly to keep live IT people at
every live site. That often forces you to rely on untrained branch
employees to perform IT functions. Yikes.
A mishmash of security procedures. Remote personnel are
often only remotely interested in following corporate IT policies.
And, outsource vendors may not comply at all.
With all these obstacles, how do you avoid costly, real-time
IT visits to deal with non-responsive hardware and security
patches? Or, even just day-to-day maintenance and monitoring?
Helping you simply be everywhere
your IT assets are. Even if you
never leave your desk.
The Answer:
A proven way to monitor,
manage and service your
off-site operations
When we say proven, we mean it. Avocent’s Branch
Infrastructure Management solution has been shown to reduce
IT response time by as much as 70% for on- and off-site
problems during business hours. After-hours response time
has been cut by as much as 95%!
Only Avocent can give you remote, BIOS-level access to and
control over every networked device in your remote offices.
From a centralized management console, you can make sure
that all of your IT responsibilities stay up and running 24/7.
See it all from one, single monitor. Get rid of those
multiple consoles repeated at multiple sites. The centralized,
management dashboard not only gives you greater command
over remote devices, but also extends the reach of a few
experts consolidated in one location. No need for an IT guru
at each and every branch.
Fix things in your pajamas. Powerful software plus IP
connectivity to your KVM switches and power sources enable
you to remotely troubleshoot, reboot, even power-cycle servers
or serial-based network devices from a single console.
Offline or crashed? No worries. Out-of-band connectivity
lets you get into and repair local and remote components even
when connections are lost or devices are down.
Get tighter rein on security. By limiting access to your
remote IT devices, you can minimize your security risks even
from thousands of miles away. If maintenance must be done
by local staff, event logs and activities can be viewed for every
connected component to ensure adherence to corporate
security policy.
Plan for change or growth—virtually. Avocent’s Branch
Infrastructure Management solution includes virtual planning
capabilities with tools to see how changes and adjustments will
affect your data centers in real time. New, remote centers can
be fully designed for optimal performance long before anyone
even sets foot in a plane, train or car.
Avocent Branch Infrastructure
Management Solution
• DSView® 3 Management Software – Centralized
Management – Secure, remote and consolidated, out-ofband management of the entire IT infrastructure via a single
interface to access KVM over IP switches, console
management appliances, power distribution units and
IPMI-enabled servers.
Power Manager – This add-on to DSView 3 software
provides real-time and historical reporting capabilities that
monitor and measure IT energy consumption, costs and
trends across all levels within the data centers and remote
• Avocent Advanced Console Servers – Provide secure,
remote access to IT devices and console port management
of servers and network infrastructure equipment.
• MergePoint Unity® KVM over IP and Serial Console
Appliances – A unique combination of both KVM over IP
and Serial Console Management technology in a single
appliance provides BIOS-level control of all connected
servers and serial-based devices in your data center.
• Avocent Power Distribution Units (PDUs) –
Advanced PDUs fully integrate with the DSView 3
management software interface to support strip-level
metering in order to monitor, reduce and manage growing
power consumption costs of IT equipment.
• MergePoint® Service Processor Manager –
Streamline data center management and reduce
operational costs by leveraging the service processor
technologies already present in your servers. This product
proactively monitors server health, enabling faster
troubleshooting and problem resolution that ensure
servers are up and running 24/7.
• Avocent MergePoint Infrastructure Explorer
Software – Provides visual documentation of data center
assets and utilization, enabling accurate and comprehensive
capacity planning and detailed assistance for operations
and maintenance.
In Conclusion
Just like in the corporate data center, branch locations are seeing
increasing complexity, with broad mixtures of heterogeneous
hardware, software and networking technology. And just like
at the corporate level, it’s critical that those remote locations
stay up and running nonstop. Avocent’s Branch Management
Solution is already helping organizations like yours keep on top
of their remotest sites, saving them time and money and greatly
extending the reach and effectiveness of limited IT resources.
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About Avocent Corporation
We believe IT complexity should never stand in the way of
achieving a business goal.
Avocent is a leader in open, modular software and hardware
solutions that rapidly enable our customers to better tackle
the chaos of their information technology environments. Our
innovations drive lower costs, lower risks and greater agility,
enabling IT to meet more and more demanding service levels.
It’s no wonder that some of the world’s leading brands depend
on Avocent technology to simply manage their mission critical
IT resources.
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