5 Ways to Protect Your Data Center from a 'Zombie' Server Attack

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Keep Track of Data Center Finances

Most finance teams keep detailed records of hardware and software purchases in their archives, and looking through them would help organizations arrive at an accurate and consolidated list of machines that can then be monitored. By knowing the MAC addresses and analyzing expenditure justification reports, IT teams can track even the most hidden servers and gauge whether or not they're being utilized. Although somewhat tedious, keeping track of these records saves time and money in the long run.

The time is nigh to address what should keep CIOs up-at-night: the zombies lurking in their data center.

As companies look to expand and upgrade their data centers, it's easy to forget about the ghosts of servers past that are hiding in the background, continuing to consume electricity but serving no purpose. According to a study by NRDC, roughly 12 million U.S. servers in operation are doing little to no work but still drawing power. In fact, up to 30 percent of servers are "comatose," meaning that they are no longer needed but still using significant amounts of energy, and many more still are grossly underutilized.

This threat is known but often overlooked as a server can easily turn from a ghost to zombie in a heartbeat. In addition to wasting energy and money, these unchecked zombie servers are vessels for malicious attack, proving the perfect under-the-radar location for external threats. Unless servers fail, administrators have no reason to check for abnormal energy use by individual servers.

IT teams need to take a proactive approach to identify and stop the growth of these silent threats. This will cut down on energy expenditures, reduce inefficiencies, and prevent harmful data breaches. In this slideshow, Muralidharan Palanisamy, CPO of AppViewX, a global leader in the management, automation and orchestration of data center services, walks us through best practices for preventing zombies from terrorizing your data center.


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