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Systems Management Sizing: How to Create Your Ideal Infrastructure
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Systems Management Sizing: How to Create Your Ideal Infrastructure

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In IT infrastructures these days, complexity happens fast, even in small businesses. Point solutions and siloes can spring up quickly. It only takes a few new applications, added storage capacity or …

In IT infrastructures these days, complexity happens fast, even in small businesses. Point solutions and siloes can spring up quickly. It only takes a few new applications, added storage capacity or new initiatives to complicate a previously well-run operation. Systems management needs to be easy, comprehensive and use the fewest resources, financial and personnel as possible. Choose technology that requires only one interface to see every system and device. That creates better visibility and better security right away.

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  • 1. Reference Guide Series Systems Management Sizing: How to Create Your Ideal Infrastructure Contents Today’s Systems Management Challenges . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Systems Management Needs for Small and Medium Businesses. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Why Optimizing for Business Size Matters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 - Optimize for Your Size: 50-Person Business. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 - Optimize for Your Size: 100-Person Business . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 - Optimize for Your Size: 250-Person Business . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Dell/Intel Solutions for Systems Management . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Conclusion. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Brought to you compliments of: Today’s Systems Management Challenges In IT infrastructures these days, complexity happens fast, even in small businesses. Point solutions and siloes can spring up quickly. It only takes a few new applications, added storage capacity or new initiatives to complicate a previously well-run operation. Systems management needs to be easy, comprehensive and use the fewest resources — financial and personnel — as possible. Choose technology that requires only one interface to see every system and device. That creates better visibility and better security right away.©2011 Dell, Intel and TechTarget
  • 2. Reference Guide Series Systems Management Needs for Small and Medium Businesses Like everything else in a small business infrastructure, systems management should be easy for small, busy IT teams. Look for management tools that are simple and automate daily tasks. Solid systems management tools can help IT by generating alerts and taking care of hardware updates and configuration. Many of these tools can monitor almost anything — memory and CPU utilization, free space and I/O. Small businesses can use reporting functionality and dash- boards, as long as they’re flexible, simple and can be automated. And don’t forget about security: systems management for small businesses can help secure the overall facility against threats. Consider remote systems management to save money and time, too. Some servers support remote access, so IT can find and solve problems at a distance. Remote support also lets IT users track hardware and software assets from afar. And 24/7 systems access is necessary even for small organizations. Why Optimizing for Business Size Matters Add automation wherever possible to save significant IT resources. Different sizes of small businesses may be able to use technology to automate different tasks as they grow and change. Businesses of all sizes should be able to see their entire infrastructure, even during periods of rapid growth or technology changes. And there are some important capabilities that businesses of different sizes can use and tailor to their needs: reporting, dashboards and other detailed views of their environment. Look for flexible tools that can capture as much data as is necessary. But optimizing for size also means that businesses shouldn’t be overwhelmed by their systems management. Busy IT teams certainly don’t need to be flooded with unnecessary data. Try to choose a single-view systems management tool that provides all the information needed to see all deployments and inventories, and keep tabs on monitoring and updates. Remember energy use in this area, too: systems management tools can help monitor how much power computers are consuming. Optimize for Your Size: 50-Person Business For many 50-person businesses, systems management is a new initiative. These companies might recently have discovered the need for systems management as new applications spring up and systems become more scattered and complex. Still, IT teams are small at these organi- zations, and so are budgets. The key purchase for them is systems management that’s not too pricey, but helps automate processes, which can save time and money. Often, the ideal systems management tool for this size organization might be a single-console solution that can manage everything from one place. Look for one that’s flexible to grow with the business, and offers options for viewing systems and set policies. A 50-person business can also look to modular tools to add functionality along with growth. And most importantly, figure out how to save time with systems management platforms. Systems management at a 50-person business can help reduce manual processes and daily tasks to free up IT’s time.2 ©2011 Dell, Intel and TechTarget
  • 3. Reference Guide Series Optimize for Your Size: 100-Person Business For 100-person organizations, top concerns may focus on continued automation, especially around areas like reporting that can easily become complicated. IT teams at these companies could also be thinking about policy setting and enforcement as they grow. Data protection is important, too, and systems management tools may be stepping in to help with security functionality. Managing devices and power is another area IT teams might be considering for systems management to help lift some burden. Think about adopting or expanding a single-view systems management tool as inventories grow. And consider taking more advantage of device discovery and inventory as new technology components come into the infrastructure. Company growth might mean adding modules for advanced functionality. Other initiatives around systems management could include more in-depth configuration of policy management and enforcement, and more use of reporting tools and pre-set reports. Optimize for Your Size: 250-Person Business Businesses of this size are likely using systems management tools more and more to deal with a growing infrastructure. Some common considerations for 250-person companies may be strong policy enforcement and using more advanced reporting capabilities. They may also be thinking about meeting compliance requirements, and reducing outages and unplanned downtime while maintaining performance. For this size business, systems management can add dashboards as their technology infrastructure grows more complex. Using systems management at a 250-person business likely includes using more advanced capabilities of the tool. So, look for features like remote control and repair for any off-site systems. Consider employing systems management to help put power management and other green IT policies into place. And, security only grows in importance as the business does, so systems management can help for security audits and enforcement. Use the automation features too, like auto-discovery for hardware and software configurations, as well as software distri- bution, security patch management and service desk or user portal maintenance. Dell/Intel Solutions for Systems Management Dell’s options for systems management include several possibilities for smaller businesses. The Dell Management Console (powered by Symantec Altiris) ships free with all servers. It can configure PCs, track remote resources, troubleshoot and fix systems, and do fast inventories of hardware and software. The Dell Management Console is a one-stop, web-based console for IT teams to use for reporting and detailed views of the entire systems environment. It finds events from non-Dell devices, and provides automated updates. Depending on business size, users can add plug-ins as needed for extra features. Plus, it shares data with other management tools to avoid systems integration issues. Dell’s KACE management appliance handles organizations with 100 to 10,000 nodes. It can be physical or virtual, and it’s self-maintaining and self-healing. KACE is flexible for different3 ©2011 Dell, Intel and TechTarget
  • 4. Reference Guide Series size businesses, too, with options for standalone deployment or integration with existing LAN services. It gets up and running fast, and doesn’t have any hardware or software prerequisites. Built-in backup and recovery automates even more tasks for IT teams. And it supports remote sites without needing to staff those sites. The KACE appliance goes further with reporting, too, offering historical reports and live views of monitored devices. Users decide how to view systems, and can use the appliance for discovery and inventory. Both of Dell’s systems management tools take over IT tasks, saving time — something that’s precious at small businesses. Conclusion Small, growing businesses can have access to systems management tools that won’t break the bank. Management appliances help alleviate the burden on small IT teams by automating and eliminating tasks. And for a small organization, systems management can be part of a smart strategy for growth without getting overwhelmed with new systems and applications. Intel Xeon Processors with Windows Power management capabilities in the Intel Xeon processor 5600 series add automation, working with Windows Server 2008 R2 to park unused processor cores and reduce energy costs. And with up to six cores, 12 threads, and Intel Virtualization Technology, the Intel Xeon processor 5600 series supports high consolidation ratios that help drive greater efficiency and utilization for cost- conscious businesses.4 ©2011 Dell, Intel and TechTarget

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