If you’re a small or medium sized business without remote access to your data center, it’s not an easy proposition to set one up without a fuss, but a new product from an Austrian company could give you access to your equipment from any web browser or mobile device.
The company is called Applied Informatics and I spoke to the engineer who came up with the idea last week at CeBIT, the huge international trade show that takes place each year in Hanover, Germany. This year, the fair included an entire building devoted to 50 startups, part of the Code_n 12 contest to find the best new ideas for companies.
The way it works is just via simple communications box that you connect to your servers. Once you have it connected, you can access your servers remotely and securely to check on their status. The only requirement is built-in web server.
For companies looking for a cloud solution, this simple approach gives them a cloud solutions quickly and easily.
The Applied Informatics spokesperson explained you could use this product, for example, to find out what’s wrong before you drive out to your server installation — and if you need parts or special expertise you can get arrange for them ahead of time saving you valuable time while you’re trying to get your system back up and running.
In another example, he talked about measuring C02 emissions. You might have equipment set up on a roof of a building to conduct the measurements automatically. You can gather the data remotely with this solution, rather than having to send a person out every day or once a week to collect the data. This could be particularly useful when the equipment is in remote locations.
I thought this was an extremely clever idea because many companies need the benefits of cloud access and this solution gives you the ability to gain access via a web browser or app (as you wish) without a huge investment in time or resources to get it done.
And it could pay of itself in increased efficiency, saved fuel coasts (driving to the installation) and it enables data administrators to be more flexible because they don’t have to be onsite all the time to deal with problems.
For many IT pros, it seems the data center always goes down at a big event like a birthday party or your kid’s soccer game. This approach enables you to get the nature of the problem from your mobile device. In some cases, you can deal with the issues from wherever you are, but regardless, at least you can gather information and determine the nature of the problem from any location.
It’s an amazingly simple idea that i could see many companies taking advantage of to give their IT staffs easy access to the data center via a secure cloud connection.
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