Challenges When Selling Dedicated Servers - EasyDCIM
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7 real challenges when selling dedicated servers

If you own a hosting business then you are likely familiar with the potential that comes from upselling accounts. The most common way that providers upsell customers? By offering larger and more robust infrastructure options. Dedicated servers, specifically, offer huge growth opportunity for companies and their clients alike. Such a server gives users the technological horsepower needed to run even the most ambitious sites, applications, and projects. Similarly, these higher-end offerings can be a huge profit center for the company as well. More reliable in nature, those solutions command a higher price point and result in increased customer satisfaction. In fact, while many providers begin by selling simple shared accounts, most have the ambition to offer bigger - and more expensive - services to customers over time. However, if selling dedicated servers was so easy then everyone would do it, right? The truth is that expanding your hosting offerings with solutions more complex in scale is fraught with challenges and roadblocks that can frustrate even the most experienced technologist. In this Blog post, we will cover seven main struggles that you may be forced to deal with if you own a hosting company and start providing different, high-priced offerings to your customers. 1. Reading customer needs Dedicated servers are often more trustworthy and offer better performance than shared hosting plans since they have access to more resources. Furthermore, those resources are not shared with other tenants. Even if they sit idle when not in use, resources from this type of a server are specific to the customer, and not impacted by other users or companies. The difficulty behind selling dedicated servers may lie in figuring out what customers want with regard to server specifications, which can depend on the company's target market. Some users want higher quality at a lower price, while others need devices for high-traffic websites that experience spikes in demand throughout the day. 2. Taking inventory One of the main challenges in offering dedicated servers comes in how to keep up with them as they grow more and more in demand. There are typically two ways to maintain the inventory: by hand or with some type of an automated system or software. The manual method includes counting from an account dashboard. For some businesses, the manual calculation comes from literally walking into the data center and adding up devices on the rack. With an automated system, the number crunching is handled regularly by software, reducing the manual work and improving the accuracy of calculations. For example, EasyDCIM automates inventory counts for connected servers, showing what devices are in use and which are idle, and thus available for provisioning. This allows owners and administrators of hosting providers to save vast amounts of time. Additionally, the platform makes the inventory calculations more precise and stored in a streamlined system instead of being kept in a random spreadsheet or notebook. 3. Server restarts Another challenge comes in how you choose to handle device restarting processes. The common ways of addressing this need are either performing restarts internally or allowing customers the freedom to handle this task individually for servers they purchased from your company. In case you choose to shut down and turn on the servers all by yourself, then it becomes an integral part of your professional workflows, costing time and resources. Then again, if you choose to give users the ability to restart servers they are using, it ends up being a shared responsibility. In general, it is not possible to equip clients with the power to perform server restarts without the right software. Hosting providers that utilize EasyDCIM can easily offer this sort of functionality to their customers, and all that without sacrificing control over the provisioned devices. 4. Server hardware investments and expenditures Dedicated servers are a sizeable investment for most hosting companies mainly because there are ongoing costs associated with upkeep and maintenance. The challenge is knowing when or how often server hardware needs to be upgraded or replaced. In many cases, reseller programs can be a great option for hosting providers looking to grow. By leveraging a reseller program held by a larger provider, a company can branch out into offering a wide range of dedicated devices without taking on the burden of buying or leasing any hardware. When adding in the costs of data centers, connectivity, electricity, and security, it rarely makes sense for a small or even mid-sized entrepreneur to purchase hardware for sale. 5. Migrating customers between hosting server types Migrations are complicated in almost every situation, and the migrations from a shared hosting account or VPS to a dedicated server are no exception. If you are going to offer more powerful infrastructure, you should first consider how customers will be transferred to these new offerings. Will you have a separate team for professional services to lend a hand? Automated software to handle the process? Or, like many providers, will you leave the migration to the users and their team, and not provide any help at all? Ensuring migrations go smoothly is a go-to way to sell more units and keep customers happy. At the same time, you should take into account that providing technical assistance can prove to be a costly burden to your company’s support and engineering teams. 6. Pricing strategy Settling on the price of any infrastructure service can be complicated. Some hosting providers choose their pricing rates based on the rest of their products and solutions catalog. Others price their offerings relatively to competitors or according to customer surveys. Because dedicated servers are inherently higher-performing, more reliable devices then they are typically priced higher than VPS and shared alternatives. Outside of that guidance, however, you’ll likely need to try different price levels to see what your market and your clientele will bear. 7. Marketing dedicated servers Lastly, many providers may face various challenges when it comes to marketing and selling dedicated servers. The goal is to advertise these devices as a premium product because they are more robust and powerful than shared web hosting or VPS plans. The best way to market your new, higher-priced offerings is to position them as the next stage in the natural growth path for customers as their businesses evolve. This is an effective technique to let your clients feel you are a partner in their success and not simply trying to sell them something more expensive. Dedicated servers provide high performance and uptime - users that need both will recognize the value in your new offering when the time comes for that to fit their needs. Should you make dedicated servers part of your business? As you can see, there are quite many challenges hidden in the craft of selling dedicated servers. However, what should be stressed above all is the fact that each of these possible struggles is far outweighed by the positive impact that branching out has on your business. Improved customer satisfaction and higher-value sales can be transformative for your hosting business. Our team at EasyDCIM is on a mission to help hosting providers and their customers get the most possible value from dedicated servers. The platform's suite of extensions as well as integrations with key systems like WHMCS turn the server management into something to look forward to. If you are keen to learn more about adding dedicated devices to your product base, simply click the button below. We would enjoy the chance to help you explore how adding better solutions and more valuable revenue streams can impact your hosting business. Contact us!
Piotr Dołęga - EasyDCIM CMO
Piotr Dołęga
EasyDCIM v1.8.0
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Feast your eyes on EasyDCIM v1.8.0 with two totally new sections!

While growing the variety of EasyDCIM tools with ever more advanced solutions is an explicit goal, it is of equal weight for us to keep its equipment invariably easy in navigation and intuitive in regular use. But what exactly does it take for a control panel to be user-friendly? On August 25th, EasyDCIM makes a successful comeback in a 1.8.0 version, ready to bring some next-level thinking to the table, together with its newly minted "Locations" and "Floors & Racks" sections. Let’s unfold the map! As the user experience officially becomes a ranking factor in Google search results, it no longer comes as a shock that the times of text-heavy content are over (good riddance!), replaced by a way more digestible model of data visualizations. It was therefore only to be expected that we tap into this indisputable trend sooner rather than later. And voilà! The grand debut of two new sections of EasyDCIM is a tribute to an effortless, and visually aesthetic management of locations, floors and racks. Everything from generating a building view to placing racks in a grid of selected sizes is now based on easily navigable graphic representations. Hand in hand with the world map showing the exact location of each server, switch or PDU device, the "Locations" section invites you to scan statistics on either all or single locations in the system as well as traffic and power usage presented in graph form. The "Floors & Racks" section features the building’s 2D view where you can create a grid for each floor and locate rack cabinets in any preferred position with no more than just a few clicks. This one is also equipped with a handy set of graphs and figures to let you quickly drill down into specific pockets of information on floors and racks. [gallery link="file" size="large" ids="3027,3028"] No such thing as too much choice OS Installation For EasyDCIM extension continues to be more and more versatile with its collection of system templates. To satisfy a popular demand, its 1.9.3 edition unlocks the automatic installation of: 1. Rocky Linux 8 - named after one CentOS co-founder (Rocky McGaugh) and kicked off by the other (Gregory Kurtzer) in direct response to Red Hat’s strategy shift towards CentOS Stream, Rocky Linux has proven instantly popular as a free, "bug-for-bug compatible" drop-in replacement distro for the RHEL distribution. See Kurtzer himself praising the project on LinkedIn: 2. Oracle Linux 8 - aspiring to the title of the fastest-growing Linux distribution on the market, Oracle Linux is a freely distributed open source OS that is fully compatible - both source and binary - with RHEL, and suited to enterprise-class workloads. If you are eager to learn some salient facts about other operating systems hailed as the most functionally capable to fill the void left by CentOS, this article is your next go-to guide. More functional powers on tap Just in case you are wondering, that is still not all EasyDCIM v1.8.0 has up its sleeve. Go ahead and dig around for more updates packed into the following extensions: IPMI Integration For EasyDCIM v1.4.1 PDU Management For EasyDCIM v1.2.0 EasyDCIM v1.8.0 with its brand-new layer of graphics is much more than just pleasing to the eye. It improves scannability and reduces mouse clicks by providing a high-level snapshot of the absolute essentials - locations, floors and racks, with at-a-glance views of how much data transfer is used. And that’s all at a fraction of the time it would take to get the same meaning from just the numerical data! So, are you ready to take your data center beyond the bare figures? View the Full Changelog!
Piotr Dołęga - EasyDCIM CMO
Piotr Dołęga
WHMCS Modules Scaling up Your Server Reselling Business
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Get the most out of server reselling with WHMCS!

Right after answering the fundamental question of why you should capitalize on dedicated servers, the very next one in our series that deserves an in-depth elaboration is the "how" question. However, given the many "hows" involved, in today’s article we will focus specifically on how you can upscale your business through server reselling via WHMCS with just a little effort put into it. So now that you have followed our advice, and branched out your offer into dedicated servers with a helping hand from EasyDCIM, you are actually able to spend more time thinking about ways to further polish your routine workflows. To help you put this train of thought on the right track, we are highlighting a couple of cutting-edge WHMCS tools that will make you wonder how you could possibly go so long without the advantage of business automation. Auto-provisioning at its finest EasyDCIM Dedicated Servers For WHMCS is a free module designed by ModulesGarden to create a bridge between your WHMCS and EasyDCIM, and by that means open up a whole new level of possibilities in realms of your offerings. Not only will you be able to provision adjustable dedicated servers of EasyDCIM in a fully automated manner, your customers will enjoy a wide choice of available instruments for handling their own products, and all this without ever leaving your website. Eventually, there may come a time that selling dedicated servers on your own no longer feels like you are tapping the full potential of your business. And there is nothing wrong about that! That most likely is the first sign that your company has reached sufficient maturity to go all in and establish your own circle of resellers. Benefits of the reseller model make a long list, one that seems to only grow over time - starting with reaching a much wider audience and targeting customers in sectors you may haven’t even thought of before. And if we were to give you just a single tool go-to for thorough and seamless management of your reseller network, this would certainly be Products Reseller For WHMCS. A new stream of reselling flexibility Products Reseller For WHMCS is another vastly innovative ModulesGarden module that will empower you to effortlessly manage your reseller groups without leaving the confines of your WHMCS. A number-one reason why it may mark a turning point in your career is the tool’s newly secured integration with EasyDCIM Dedicated Servers For WHMCS which unlocks an extra spectrum of using its extensive toolkit to resell dedicated servers! To be slightly more precise, the module will equip you with all kinds of features essential to set up custom pricing rates for your products and services, track generated income via smart graphs as well as supervise everyday actions taken by your resellers. Each of your resellers, on the other hand, besides being welcome to look up all crucial information on acquired customers and orders, will gain access to advanced API documentation and use it to supply your servers to end clients through their own platform, be it WHMCS or any other one. See? There are ways and means for optimizing the management of dedicated servers that you can make immediate use of in order to forge enviable bonds with your resellers and create an unblemished, tailored customer journey at the same time. Add to that the fact that these terrific modules will please your wallet as much as your business, and you already know what your next move is going to look like. Dare to thrive!
Piotr Dołęga - EasyDCIM CMO
Piotr Dołęga
EasyDCIM v1.7.4
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New OS templates and IPMI proxy revival at the heart of EasyDCIM v1.7.4

What can safely be described as the end of an era is unfolding right before our eyes. The EOL of CentOS as we all know it. The news of this unlooked-for farewell that shocked the entire community triggers a rather obvious question: "What to do now?" To make answering a bit easier for you, we are today delivering our latest brainchild - EasyDCIM v1.7.4 kitted up with three entirely new system templates going hand in hand with a major bonus for IPMI proxy servers. As for April 28th, 2021, CentOS Linux is actively used by 4.7% of all the websites whose operating system is known to public. However, that level is doomed to drop radically in the months to come, all because of the latest Red Hat announcement about shifting focus exclusively to CentOS Stream. CentOS under the microscope CentOS, which stands for the Community Enterprise Operating System, is a 100% rebuild of Red Hat Enterprise Linux. While RHEL is a paid product, CentOS has always had a definite advantage over it due to being a free community-inspired Linux distro. Developers and companies with first-hand experience in Linux in most cases have opted for CentOS to kill two birds with one stone - that is, to save money, and work with enterprise-class software at the same time. But the free ride is over. What’s next? Even with the support for CentOS Linux 8 being maintained up until the end of 2021, many people are already considering replacement - and who could blame them? To spare you the research, we are sharing what we found to be among the no. 1 alternatives on the market. 1. AlmaLinux, created by CloudLinux and launched with the code-name Project Lenix, is a community-driven, free and open-source Linux operating system, self-proclaimed to be the perfect replacement for CentOS 8. The first stable version of AlmaLinux was released just a month ago, on March 30th, 2021. ✓ When asked "Why Alma?", Igor Seletskiy, CEO & Founder of CloudLinux explained: "At CloudLinux, we have benefited from the dedicated, nourishing efforts of the Linux community - just like everyone else that relies on a Linux-powered OS. This community is the soul of Linux – and in the spirit of a dedicated community, we decided to call our new distribution Alma: a Latin-language word for soul." ✓ Some others say AlmaLinux may owe its name to the goal of capturing the soul of CentOS. ✓ AlmaLinux created a non-profit organization called AlmaLinux Open Source Foundation meant to take over managing the future project development. ✓ CloudLinux granted a $1 million annual endowment to support AlmaLinux until at least 2029. 2. CloudLinux, the origins of which reach as far back as 2010, needs no special introduction. It is a community-supported Linux operating system known for delivering advanced management of resources, strengthened security and a high-quality performance tailored specifically towards the multi-tenant hosting ecosystem. 3. CentOS Stream is a logical and interesting alternative. It is a rolling-release distro, serving as the upstream development branch of RHEL. It has been brought into being as an initiative to bridge the gap between the surging Fedora and the latest stable release of CentOS.   // The above analysis of the emerging trends in the data center space laid the groundwork for what has become a prime addition to the OS Installation For EasyDCIM extension. Updated vastly into the 1.9.2 version, it now features three entirely new system templates to ease the installation process of: AlmaLinux 8 CloudLinux 8 CentOS Stream 8 With so many alternatives available for immediate use, the demise of CentOS doesn’t sound so terrifying anymore, does it?   A new face of IPMI proxy servers We wouldn't be ourselves if we didn't introduce at least one more enhancement to the brand-new release. And here it is! You probably think: "But IPMI proxy is hardly news". Technically yes, but to make it work properly so far you had to configure an additional physical server, which in a way was a needless waste of the resources. Upon promoting the IPMI Integration For EasyDCIM extension to the 1.4.0 version, IPMI proxy servers have been moved to remote agents. Now all you need to do is configure a proxy server, and specify in the settings which remote agent should use it. No additional data to connect, no additional servers. Easy and resource-friendly! Among the other new IPMI proxy-related features that made it into EasyDCIM you will spot: three predefined JAVA versions to choose from in place of just one an all-new possibility to change the JAVA version for a proxy server downloading JAVA KVM applets now taking place on the remote agent instead of on the EasyDCIM main server to avoid problems with network configuration   How did you take the news of the CentOS project coming to a close? Even if you consider the Red Hat’s decision to be a somewhat controversial move, you have no other choice but to face its consequences. But you do not have to shoot in the dark, luckily. Spare an extra minute to scroll through the rest of changes in EasyDCIM v1.7.4, and make it your most trusted business partner! View the Changelog!
Piotr Dołęga - EasyDCIM CMO
Piotr Dołęga
EasyDCIM v1.7.3
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EasyDCIM v1.7.3 whets your appetite for new PDU drivers!

In every story there is always an unsung hero, the one who does a great deal of job and pushes the course of action forward but remains unnoticed and receives little or no recognition. Would you agree that in the data center world the role of such a gray eminence is performed by PDU devices? The EasyDCIM v1.7.3 release that we have the genuine pleasure to trumpet today, places the PDU devices much in the foreground and widens the selection of PDU drivers you now have the full convenience to choose from. New PDU drivers suite Here's a quick reminder on what the PDU is for those who need their memory refreshed: PDU stands for Power Distribution Unit, and simply put, is a device for distributing and managing large amounts of electricity within a data center environment. PDU Management For EasyDCIM v1.1.0 received a solid update to include drivers to such two intelligent PDU devices. One of them is Sentry Switched PDU which offers SNMP traps delivering automated alerts for power and environmental conditions via Syslog and email as well as the possibility to add extra outlets under one IP address. The second one is PowerAlert PDU which, thanks to free NMS software, aims at reducing troubleshooting time by providing a color-coded alarm history in an easy-to-read list format. PDU devices under close guard The red-hot 1.7.3 version of EasyDCIM has a much wider repertoire of novelties in the realm of PDU management. It grants you the power to handle the status of power outlets and control the electricity supply just with the use of these no-sweat actions: Outlet On, Outlet Off and Outlet Reboot. Feeling a shiver of excitement down your spine already? Sit down comfortably in the armchair and watch carefully for more because the Auto-Discovering process will automatically detect devices which are connected to the network. That is still not enough because the PDU Management extension is at the ready mode to present you with a whole lot of information about the detected devices. It may give you a sense of being a data bank or a sort of a fact file for a while when the Auto-Discovering process will reveal the type, model, series number, label and producer of the piece of hardware it has just detected. And know what? There are still more experiences that come with the just-out EasyDCIM 1.7.3 because the freshly added feature will not let you guess the levels of power usage during the device's polling process as it collects the information automatically for you. API-based PowerDNS 4 support The special requests of our clients encouraged us to stretch the list of available DNS submodules. DNS Management For EasyDCIM v1.4.0 has been tuned to connect with PowerDNS 4 via API, and this substantial change brings about a wide range of handy tools to you. They are meant not only to import the existing DNS zones, but also add and later on edit them whenever the need arises - without leaving the device view. The creation of rDNS records can be performed just as easily. To work up your curiosity for more, let's also give a mention to new advanced filtering options that are now available in the extension's tables to facilitate the search of DNS zones and records. Although the extent of improvements waiting to be discovered is much larger than what can possibly be covered here, there is one last feature deserving a spotlight - KVM console support for Dell PowerEdge C6100 and C6220 devices introduced to IPMI Integration For EasyDCIM v1.3.1. But not to spoil you the fun of exploring the remaining details of EasyDCIM v1.7.3, you are more than warmly invited to treat yourself to the full changelog! Let’s dive right in!
Piotr Dołęga - EasyDCIM CMO
Piotr Dołęga
Top Reasons For Offering Dedicated Servers In Your Web Hosting Business - EasyDCIM
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Top reasons to branch out your business into dedicated servers

For web hosting providers the future has never been more exciting, nor more challenging. On the one hand, the demand for great infrastructure is growing faster than ever before. On the other, competition is fierce, and acquiring even a single customer can feel like pushing a boulder up a hill. Savvy hosting providers understand that success is a combination of offering quality web hosting services, excellent support, and strong business management. Thriving hosting providers share some common traits regardless of where they are on their business journey. One of those traits is offering solutions that fit customer needs while also adapting to the customer’s own growth goals. Think of it this way: if infrastructure needs to grow relative to business growth, then it stands to reason that a business will have very different needs as it grows in size. What works for a solo-practitioner starting a law firm is unlikely to be sufficient when the practice has grown to a dozen partners, paralegals, and support staff. As a result, your web hosting company should offer dedicated servers to customers. In this post, we will explore four key benefits of offering dedicated servers to both new and existing customers. 1. Dedicated servers widen your potential customer base Offering dedicated servers to the market creates a great opportunity to expand your customer base. Even with the rise of the public cloud, dedicated servers and private clouds are still used by businesses the world over. Some applications cannot run in the cloud. Some industries have privacy and compliance requirements that make such servers the only option. And some organizations simply want to be in complete control of their infrastructure. By offering dedicated servers, this entire segment of customers can start to consider your web hosting business as their infrastructure partner. 2. Dedicated servers provide an upsell opportunity and a path to customer growth While shared hosting and VPS offerings are a great and relatively cost-effective way to start a web hosting business, you’re missing out on high-value upsells by not offering dedicated servers. As your customers grow their needs will change. Small shared accounts work for scores of users, but many of those same users will eventually grow to need more robust infrastructure and grow to a VPS. But what happens when those using VPS need to graduate to a dedicated server? If that isn’t something you offer then those customers will leave for a competitor that does. What’s worse, some potential customers that anticipate future growth may not give you a chance to win their business in the first place if they see that you won’t be able to provide what they need in the future. 3. Dedicated servers increase customer retention Did you know that customers choosing a VPS are likely to keep that VPS twice as long as a shared account customer keeps a shared account? If not, then surely you don’t realize that customers who choose dedicated servers are likely to remain customers THREE times as long as traditional shared hosting customers keep their shared accounts. When you factor in a higher price point, the life-time value (LTV) of customers purchasing dedicated servers is significantly higher than any other type of hosting customer. The reasons for this customer stickiness are numerous, but one prominent theory is that businesses and mission-critical applications favor more robust infrastructure compared to a lightweight shared account. Whatever the reason, dedicated servers don’t just mean more revenue, they mean longer-term customers as well. 4. Dedicated servers increase company revenue For many web hosting companies, the best reason to offer dedicated servers is for the revenue opportunity presented. A dedicated server typically starts at a price point in the hundreds of dollars. In many cases, dedicated servers cost customers ten, twenty, or even thirty times as much as shared hosting accounts! True, the margin percentages aren’t exactly the same, but dedicated servers can be great sources of profit, especially if you’re grinding out only a few dollars per month from each shared account. Conclusion The benefits of offering dedicated servers should be quite clear. Both customers and your business benefit in a variety of ways. From doing a better job supporting customer needs and initiatives to opening new avenues of growth for your web hosting company, dedicated servers are the key to securing your future with your best clients. With the public cloud and other competitors offering robust infrastructure solutions, it is critical that your web hosting business keep up. The good news is that managing dedicated servers has never been easier. From keeping an accurate inventory to simplifying provisioning to allowing customers to restart servers on their own (and many other features), EasyDCIM provides a full dedicated server management suite for web hosting companies like yours. If you’re curious how EasyDCIM can help you grow your web hosting business with dedicated servers, learn more about our mission. We would be excited to discuss how dedicated servers can help your web hosting company reach new heights. Get in touch!
Piotr Dołęga - EasyDCIM CMO
Piotr Dołęga
EasyDCIM v1.7.2
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EasyDCIM v1.7.2 debuts with VLAN management support!

There’s no denying that we always aim at surpassing our own expectations, and defining ever higher standards in development of EasyDCIM. Could we resist sharing with you another ambitious goal accomplished in the platform’s 1.7.2 version that just saw the light of day? Of course not. We just can’t hold the excitement in as we announce that one of the features most frequently asked for is now a part of EasyDCIM! Before we show you around the variety of advantages that the spanking new VLAN Management is about to fit into your business, let’s get back to basics for a minute. What is a VLAN? A VLAN stands for Virtual Local Area Network, and is meant to gather a set of network ports on a switching device into a single broadcast domain. In a VLAN, computers, servers, and other network devices are logically connected so they can freely communicate with each other, regardless of their physical location. Created as a response to specific problems that may occur in switched environments, VLANs provide increased operational capacities, and allow effortless segmentation of the network. VLANs Management As from the 1.7.2 version, EasyDCIM is equipped with a brilliantly inventive mechanism of VLAN Management that supports Juniper devices with JUNOS 12.3R12-S12. A diverse range of functionalities aimed at handling VLANs has been introduced into Switch Management For EasyDCIM v1.3.0 module, and consists of such actions as: integration with the NETCONF protocol, automatic detection of VLANs during the process of a device polling, adding VLANs, assigning a single or multiple VLANs to a network port of a switch. [gallery link="file" size="medium" ids="2849,2847,2846,2850,2848"] Provisioning VLANs One very important detail of the whole release is advanced support for VLANs during the provisioning process of your device. This profound feature extends the purpose of IP Address Management For EasyDCIM 1.8.0 module by creating the possibility to mark VLANs of a switch as provisioning VLANs. EasyDCIM will from now on come as supremely helpful in a situation when a switch has a few VLANs, and you need to select one that shall be used during the installation of operating system on dedicated servers. This way, before launching the process, a given port of a switch will be transferred to the provisioning VLAN. Once the installation is complete, the previous VLAN for this network port will be restored. Let’s dispel any possible doubts with this quick example: Your dedicated server has a network interface that is connected to the switch port ge-0/0/3. This switch port is located in the appropriate VLAN destined for this server, that is "VLANServer10". Now, the IP Address Management module allows you to decide that "VLANProvisioning" is intended for the operating system installation of this switch. Once you run the installation on a dedicated server, EasyDCIM will automatically transfer the network port of the switch ge-0/0/3 to the VLAN "VLANProvisioning". As soon as the process has been finished, the previous VLAN "VLANServer10" will be restored. SNMP Auto-Discovering We pulled out all the stops to supply the Auto-Discovering process with ultra-competitive functionalities that will raise the performance bar of EasyDCIM a notch further. As a result, the whole mechanism of automatic device detection has been transferred to the servers of Remote Agents. Not only will it bring relief to the platform’s main server that no longer needs to have access to SNMP dedicated servers or switches, but also tighten up network security, as well as enhance the efficiency of the process from A to Z. Debian Non-Free Drivers It comes as no surprise that Debian is one of the most powerful Linux distributions given how widely appreciated it is for security, stability as well as an excellent system of package management that has proven to be very supportive when coming across certain dependency issues. The current stable distribution is Debian Buster which is the development codename for Debian 10. It is a well-deserved follower of the previous Debian Stretch that stands for the development of Debian 9. During the installation of the operating system, the installer detects the appropriate devices, and adjusts the drivers for these devices. Unfortunately, the installer has only standard built-in drivers with limited support for some types of devices. In some cases the installer may detect the need to use a non-free driver, and a user is asked to provide the firmware to complete the installation process successfully. Such a situation commonly occurs with wireless network cards which require non-free firmware to work properly. EasyDCIM v1.7.2 delivers a perfect solution to this bothersome problem. Now, the administrator is empowered to indicate the appropriate URL that contains the driver package for devices that previously fell outside the scope of support.   Rest assured that the above rundown through EasyDCIM v1.7.2 is nowhere near to being complete, and many more substantial upgrades are not to be missed - all listed neatly in the changelog! View The Changelog!
Piotr Dołęga - EasyDCIM CMO
Piotr Dołęga
EasyDCIM v1.7.1
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Modules boost in the spotlight – EasyDCIM v1.7.1

There is quite a number of factors to be considered when pondering the question of what has a direct bearing on the pace of EasyDCIM's functional growth. One such facet of particular importance are the modules dedicated explicitly to making this control panel even more of an intelligent solution. Guided by this conclusion, we have decided to foreground the modules' updated choice of features in this spanking new release of EasyDCIM. Sit back and relax as we have the pleasure of walking you through the quality-filled confines of EasyDCIM v1.7.1. Another layer of data fetching automation To whet your appetite, we begin the exploration with the most valuable addition - the "Detect Hardware Information" system template brought by the OS Installation For EasyDCIM v1.9.0 module. The template is meant to be run on a given server so as to detect its specification, and then complete all the essential information automatically in EasyDCIM, that being: Quantity, model, and type of processor Quantity, model, and size of hard drives Quantity, model, and size of RAM Quantity and type of network interfaces Mainboard name and model Device serial number Device label Device manufacturer Hassle-free handling of admin sessions The Two-Factor Authentication For EasyDCIM module has been developed further into the 1.1.0 version that brings about substantial improvement to the security of the entire back-end section owing to the innovative mechanism for managing administrator login sessions. The new formula grants you the possibility to delete the no longer relevant sessions, as well as automatically remove sessions that exceed the exact duration you have yourself previously defined. Sounds neat, doesn’t it? Device transfer on 24-hour watch This landmark release also features 5 new conditions implemented into the 1.1.0 version of Advanced Monitoring For EasyDCIM module, designed to measure the device traffic in the following time frames: Last Hour Traffic Last Day Traffic Last Week Traffic Last Month Traffic Current Month Traffic With these newly supplied tools, you are empowered to configure the preferred transfer limits for devices according to which custom email or Slack notifications will be sent. For instance, if you would like to email your customers once their monthly transfer exceeds the allowed 1 TB, you simply add the suitable settings to the Last Month Traffic condition, and define the corresponding contents of the message. Then, when the condition is fulfilled, your clients will receive an email saying: "Hold your horses! The limit has been reached." *   We got down to brass tacks so that you have a good grasp on EasyDCIM v1.7.1, but there surely is more to it than meets the eye. Take this general overview of new possibilities as a cordial invitation to explore the release in full depth! View The Changelog! * ...or any other note you see fit. :D
Piotr Dołęga - EasyDCIM CMO
Piotr Dołęga
EasyDCIM v1.7.0 Release
Release Notes

Data center monitoring (r)evolution with EasyDCIM v1.7.0!

During the course of the last few months, EasyDCIM has been successfully undergoing a set of varied changes, mainly touching upon the offered functionalities and UX. All these alterations had one factor in common, that is the persistent striving to advance our system to consequently let you manage your data center without needless effort. But as you will see for yourself in a few moments, the milestone 1.7.0 release brings this subject to a whole new level! Monitoring – prevent it, before it happens Careful watching over one, even fairly intricate piece of equipment may sound like a demanding but still fairly achievable task. Problems start to build up, however, when your infrastructure expands into a more entangled web of mutual dependencies. Power and connection issues, traffic overload with countless other pressing issues can all cause system failures and lead to downtime. This is even more likely if you cannot afford your staff to spend long hours to perform a daily check of every single part of your inventory. Fortunately, data center owners are no longer left to their own devices, so to speak! Aided by the all-in-one monitoring tool included in the EasyDCIM milestone 1.7.0 edition, you will deal with this enormity of day-to-day supervisory operations in an entirely effortless manner. With our unique solution, you will be always up to speed about the status of all your devices. How exactly? The first step is to create new system monitors, either for devices such as switches, servers, routers, etc., or network ports – all according to your current needs. And in case you would like to use one specific monitor for multiple entities, you can quickly assign it to all of them at once by using tags. When it comes to monitors configuration, you will be enabled to choose suitable variables per each of them such as the device’s IPMI and SNMP connection status, IP and MAC addresses, uptime or network port traffic, and then select proper conditions for each variable to easily access just the piece of information you need. Once everything is set up, you would surely want to see how it all works in practice, wouldn’t you? Great news – conducting a real-time inspection of how your monitor functions will let you oversee whether you set up everything like you wanted or if any other alterations are still required. Re-engineered notification intelligence Voila – you have just established your own system monitor! But this is just the first part of the tool’s genius. Since device monitoring is equally important as receiving proper alerts right on time, we have also taken a closer look to this particular section of our system and given it a substantial boost. Naturally, our newly established monitoring kit covers also the possibility to set up personalized notifications sent via email (either to the defined addresses or directly to the owner of a particular server), through Slack or simply displayed within the system itself, but there is also the possibility to execute the defined URL instead. But there are many more changes in this field. As some of you already know, in previous versions of the system, the majority of notifications was executed only within EasyDCIM itself, only a small portion was delivered via email to the administrator who was not capable of interfering with their settings. Now it all changes! Thanks to the brand-new “Notifications” section, you will be able to: Define when notifications are to be sent and through which channels: email addresses, Slack channels or webhooks. Search through the list of all previously defined system notifications, edit or deactivate any chosen one in case you find it unnecessary. Assign any number of actions you want to be performed when a given notification occurs. New module - Advanced Monitoring For EasyDCIM Before we depart and you throw yourself into exploring all the new opportunities awaiting you in the 1.7.0 version, let us come back for a brief moment to its central part – the monitoring toolkit. Perhaps you feel like we could have still squeezed some more out of it? You had better give a closer look at the newest addition to the EasyDCIM-dedicated modules – Advanced Monitoring For EasyDCIM! Supported by effortless management of all monitors created across the platform, the access to their system logs and the ability to define more than one condition per monitor, you will have just the perfect means to stay well informed about the condition of your business, make effective, data-driven decisions and respond to unexpected events right on time. As you can see, monitoring your devices and managing system notifications in EasyDCIM is as straightforward as it is beneficial to any data center provider. Put it to practice yourself, and reach out for more gripping news on the 1.7.0 edition. It's high time to rediscover your business! Begin Your Monitoring Adventure!
Piotr Dołęga - EasyDCIM CMO
Piotr Dołęga

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