Strategic Issues in Systems Management Part 3: Distributed Environments

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Whether it’s connecting to the cloud or to remote field offices, today’s networks are much more distributed and connected than ever — in other words, more agile. Managing distributed assets at a strategic level requires overcoming challenges such as limited bandwidth, siloed cloud platforms, and hybrid cloud/legacy infrastructures, among others. Executive management doesn’t care. What they do care about are strategic initiatives held hostage by the time and effort needed to overcome these challenges.

That means system management needs to be agile too — offering IT a single management layer that enables reports, audits, monitors, configuration controls, policy automation, and other management features to apply equally everywhere from a single point of control. Among other things, this in turn requires a simple, universal, and fully secure “wire” that can connect the management system to practically anything you want managed. In other words, there is no requirement for to have in place address management, port mapping schemes, or the establishment of cumbersome VPNs to all the sites, or any other forms of IT “overhead.” All you should need is your trusted outbound port 80 to enable highly effective management of your distributed network of devices.

Even though C-level managers may not care about these technical details of systems management, they can easily appreciate its strategic implications. In fact, what may really impress them is just how many of these strategic issues you can address with just this one topic.

Click here to read Part 1 and Part 2.

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