A Console Switch that Can Let You Know When a Power Supply Dies

One of the major challenges facing all network administrators, is the need to develop a system which will allows them to know immediately when network elements crash and cease to function. If power is lost at a remote network equipment site, how can the network administrator know about the power outage before it takes down the network and users start to complain? The most popular solution to this dilemma, is to make certain that the network includes a secondary, maintenance network and a console switch with appropriate environmental alarms and notification features.

WTI’s secure console switch products (http://www.wti.com/c-44-server-console-switch.aspx) include alarm and notification capabilities that make it easier to keep your data center or network running … even when you’re not around. Intelligent, easily configurable alarms and and flexible notification features help to make certain that when your network crashes, administrators and IT support staff will know about it immediately.

In addition to an impressive array of environmental alarms, which can be used to monitor temperature, ping response, invalid access attempts and other factors, WTI console servers also include two separate alarms that can be used to monitor power conditions at remote sites; the Power Cycle Alarm and the Lost Voltage Alarm. Together, these two alarm features can be employed to provide prompt, timely notification when abnormal power conditions are detected, often allowing network administrators to correct power problems, before they bring down an entire network.

The Power Cycle Alarm can notify you via email, text message or SNMP trap whenever power to the console switch is lost and then restored. This alarm is available on both single power inlet and dual power inlet console switch products, and basically lets you know after power to a console switch has been temporarily interrupted. In many cases, a brief interruption of power might go unnoticed; particularly in the case of periphery network devices such as console servers. If network administrators know that power has been interrupted, this gives them an opportunity to check the performance of their power source before it fails completely.

The Lost Voltage Alarm, which is available on our dual power input console switch products, is designed to notify administrators when power is lost to one of the two available power inlet circuits. If your network installation provides power redundancy capabilities, and your primary power source is lost or intermittent, the Lost Voltage Alarm allows you to know about it before the secondary power source malfunctions and causes more serious problems.

When both of these alarms are used in tandem, they allow network administrators to react quickly to power problems while they are still only minor inconveniences; before power sources fail completely and create a huge, network-killing disaster that might take hours or even days to fix.

For over 30 years, Western Telematic, Inc. (WTI) has been an innovator in the field of remote management for IT facilities. Our comprehensive product line includes a wide range of Serial Console Switch products, Switched PDU products and Remote Reboot Switch products to provide secure, remote management of servers, routers and other devices.

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