Many data centers have grown larger and more complex in recent years as the trend has been towards data center consolidation. With increasing size and complexity, there is an increased need to drive intelligence to the domain of IT devices.
A data center, whether a room or an entire building, is all about what is happening at the rack. Obviously, this is where the actual computing is taking place. It is also where the vast majority of the power is being consumed, or should be. It is the web of communications within the data center, within the organization and for communications with the rest of the world. If this kingdom of IT is not properly protected and maintained there can be very serious consequences.