iPhone And iPad Usher In New Era Of Remote Server Management

iPhone And iPad Usher In New Era Of Remote Server Management

Remote server management has long since been a way of life for IT professionals. While there are many tools that allow systems administrators to perform the majority of their job functions remotely, those tools are typically run on an administration PC – an approach that is effective but not always convenient. Today, HP announced that it planning to make the life of sysadmins a bit easier by shipping mobile server management tools for its Gen8 server line that can run on iOS and Android.

The new tools will provide monitoring and overall server health dashboard functionality. More importantly, they will offer systems administrators login, management, and even shut down capabilities. For organizations centered around HP’s server lineup, this will allow significantly more remote troubleshooting and problem resolution options.

The new apps will allow remote administrators to perform many functions that currently can only be done from a management console in the data center. The ability to monitor, investigate problems, and take corrective action through iOS and Android apps will increase response time and cut down on travel requirements, making them excellent cost and time savers.

The tools are intended to take advantage of HP’s new Gen8 servers, which were announced on Monday. The new server line offers a tighter integration between hardware and software than some of its competitors, which allow servers to be more energy efficient while delivering greater performance. The remote apps will integrate diagnostic features for the Gen8 platform that can continually report on over 1600 parameters captured by a dedicated on-device processor – a feature that HP refers to as the Integrated Lights-Out (iLO) management engine.

According to IDG News Service, the mobile apps will be able to run scripts and configure applications on the Gen8 servers and will be able to help onsite administrators locate specific servers in a data center.

This isn’t the first remote management solution for IT professionals to be made available on iOS, but the fact that one of the world’s largest server vendors is now taking iOS and mobile administration seriously enough to ship such solutions is still significant. It illustrates an understanding and acceptance of the fact that IT professionals are less tied to their desks than ever before as well as the fact that mobile devices like iPhones and iPads are becoming 21st century swiss army knives for IT professionals.

  • ddevito

    This is great – we need more tools like this.

  • Kevin Gill

    This is pretty neat and awesome.  Hopefully few other manufactures join the band wagon and start doing the same.

  • oifbtdt

    There are (and have been for awhile now) a number of apps for mobile devices that enable this type of system management. 

    Among my favorites:
    vSphere Client – managing ESX servers.
    Remote VNC – enables remote management via SSH, RealVNC
    DataGlass MySQL – remote management of MySQL databases.
    RDP – Terminal Service connection to Windows systems.

    There are a lot more, so forgive me if I’ve failed to mention your Sys Admin apps.  

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Ryan FaasRyan Faas is a technology journalist and consultant living in upstate New York who has written extensively about Apple, business and enterprise IT, and the mobile industry. In addition to writing for Cult of Mac, he is a contributor to Computerworld, InformIT, and Peachpit Press. In a previous existence he was a healthcare IT director as well as a systems and network administrator. Follow Ryan on Twitter and Google +

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