Microsoft gains end-to-end control of Thames Valley data centre with Avocent management solution

Huntsville, AL—October 27, 2009 – Avocent Corporation (Nasdaq: AVCT), a global leader in IT operations management, today announced that Microsoft has opted to use an Avocent hardware, software and services data management solution to manage its Microsoft Technology Centre (MTC) Thames Valley facility. The solution gives the company powerful control over the new state-of-the-art facility.

Tools include Avocent DSView® 3 management software, which provides a single point of control via a simple Web-based interface, so IT administrators can remotely control servers and network equipment. IT managers no longer have to regularly visit the data centre, even when a server crashes, shaving hours every week from their schedule.

Crucially, the Avocent end-to-end solution facilitates a high level of security. For reasons of client confidentiality, Microsoft manages servers at the console level and the Avocent end-to-end solution means that IT managers can see and manage these consoles easily, saving time and increasing efficiency.
Said Hao-Yin Tsang, Lab Engineer at MTC Thames Valley: “The alliance between Microsoft and Avocent is a huge advantage for us. Without these solutions we simply couldn’t run our data centre effectively. The Avocent technologies provide a secure, simple means of managing the entire infrastructure, reducing the amount of time we need to spend in the data centre and helping us provide a reliable and effective service to our customers.” 

MTC is looking to use Avocent solutions to further optimise the data centre in the future, including Avocent MergePoint® Infrastruture Explorer, which will create a diagram of the data centre to calculate power consumption across all devices.

Said Owen McKee, Country Manager UK&I, Avocent: “Microsoft has to offer its customers best-in-class data centre services and it has to do it efficiently and securely. Avocent solutions are the foundation that makes this possible by giving Microsoft technicians full visibility of facility performance, remote access and the infrastructure to ensure client data remains absolutely confidential.”

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