Data center/IT Managers should look for remote management console servers that offer more than just serial connectivity. You want to be able to manage everything remotely including power and environmentals. Another thing to evaluate is the cost per port. This makes comparing console servers much easier. Finally, evaluate how flexibile your console server is. For example, how easily does it integrate into existing infrastcture? Does it work with Linux?
In a global economy, people want and need to access data centers remotely. Remote management decreases number of onsite visits by IT staff and is critical for quick resolution to a problem, decreasing downtime and saving money.