Avoid Network Interruptions or Failures
No. 3: Avoid network interruptions or failures Similarly, the manual re-cabling of monitoring devices in a data center can be a recipe for disaster. Eliminating the need for network personnel to physically move devices in data centers ends the risks associated with that access, including the possibility that someone will incorrectly re-cable a monitoring tool to the wrong port and accidentally take down a network. An occurrence such as this could cripple any major enterprise that relies on its network for customer transactions, as the online traffic could be interrupted, revenue and sales could be lost, and many costly resources would have to be brought to bear on the problem.No. 4: Reduce cooling loads Matrix switches also aid in achieving another top data center goal: reducing energy consumption. According to a study by the Environmental Protection Agency, data centers in the United States consumed 61 billion kWh in 2006-more than double the amount consumed in 2000-at a cost of $4.5 billion. Additionally, the EPA acknowledges that under current efficiency models, data center power consumption could double again by 2011. Now, consider the earlier example of the data center that is able to eliminate 50 percent of its monitoring devices with the deployment of matrix switch technology. We can surmise that half the number of monitoring devices will result in a significant reduction in power consumption, as well as a reduction in the data center's thermal load. Those familiar with data center management know that the cost of cooling facilities is of primary concern to operations managers. Further, lower heat loads translate into less heat-related wear and tear on equipment, which in turn preserves the lives of these devices. This cuts down on maintenance repair costs, and also avoids heat-related equipment issues that can impact network performance or even availability. Jason Perlewitz is a professional services manager at APCON. Jason has over 11 years of experience in product definition and development, hardware/system test, network design and process engineering within the telecommunications, financial services and IT industries. As manager of APCON's Professional Services department, Jason maintains oversight for all service-related aspects of the customer experience in both pre- and post-sales initiatives. These include solution design, system integration and consulting services, in addition to on-site customer training, professional integration and installation. Previously, Jason held positions in product development engineering and engineering management at Motorola, Ciena and Lucent Technologies. Primary accomplishments include successfully bringing nine unique telecommunications hardware products with embedded and application-level software from concept to market on time and within designated budget constraints, and increasing quality assurance operating efficiencies by more than 50 percent through the development and introduction of automated testing techniques and tools. Jason holds a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Northwestern University. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A matrix switch solution inherently guards against such an eventuality. Again, all equipment changes are made through software, ensuring that an engineer cannot inadvertently move a tool to an incorrect location of the network. The software also offers many built-in safeguards, such as port locking and directory authorization. This provides additional assurance that the risks associated with unauthorized connection of monitoring devices are eliminated.