Thursday, February 23, 2012

De-duping redundant systems for savings, simplicity and savings

A recent congressional hearing focused on getting rid of duplicate IT systems - a significant potential source of savings considering the 2011 overall federal spending on IT was over $79 billion. The two organizations under the microscope were the Department of Defense and the Department of Energy, with 2013 IT budget requests of $37 billion and $2.2 billion, respectively.


The Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a study on systems redundancies identifying potentially duplicative investments at DoD and DoE in three management categories - human resources, information & technology and supply chain totally approximately $1.2 billion for FY2007-12.

It's not in our scope here to evaluate these claims, but applying an Uplogix view of the IT world, systems redundancy can be a problem for any organization.  When it comes to what tools to use, obviously you want what to minimize cost while getting all the functionality you need. Local Management provides several ways to reduce redundancy in your network management.

While Uplogix provides all of the functionality of a top-end console server, that's really just the beginning. Unlike a console server, deploying local management means getting the ability to apply automation to infrastructure management. You get the tool and through automation, additional headcount on your IT staff. Save time and money by shedding the Level 1 & 2 management tasks plus avoid truck rolls with secure out-of-band access for jobs that require human expertise.

When it comes to device management, we're not picky. Sure we know how to manage Cisco like nobody's business, but we also have advanced functionality for most leading brands of networking and satellite communications devices. Then there is basic functionality (basic only compared to our advanced drivers, but still highly useful for device management), that we can apply to any device with a console port. Plus, we're more than happy to manage your all-one-vendor network, or a menagerie of heterogeneous gear.  That's power.

One question we're often asked is if migrating to local management requires a "rip & replace" strategy. Of course the answer is that it depends. It depends on what you have already in place. It depends on what you want to get out of local management. Now that the Uplogix Local Management Software has been ported for use as a virtual machine on a server, new custom solutions are available that can let you take advantage of your existing investment in console servers and reap the benefits of local management.

 When you start looking for areas of redundancy, give Uplogix a double-take. Local management might be the single solution to solve many issues.