On an Oil Rig, a Remote Console Server is the Only Practical Solution for Network Management

Sometimes, a remote console server offers the only way to access command functions on a far away network device. This is particularly true in the case of network equipment located on a remote oil rig, in the middle of the ocean.

When network equipment is located on an oil rig, normal channels for remote access are often out of the question. It’s prohibitively expensive to run a network cable out to the middle of the ocean, so that basically leaves phone communication via satellite as the only viable option. In this case, Engineers can dial into the remote console server and then use the console server’s out of band management capabilities to access command functions on the network devices that are connected to the console server’s serial ports.

This provides network engineers with an inexpensive means to troubleshoot and configure remote network devices at the oil rig platform; much cheaper than flying out to each individual platform, one at a time, just to perform a minor task like changing parameters or restarting remote devices.

Network applications located at remote sites like oil rigs are often completely dependent on out of band management access. Without a remote console server and a workable out of band management solution, it could take hours to get a network administrator out to the remote network site in order to correct a problem with a remote network device. It’s also prohibitively expensive to constantly fly or boat tech support personnel out to remote oil platforms, just to fix minor network problems. Travel expenses add up quickly, plus while your tech support personnel are en route to the oil platform, they’re not available to fix other network problems back at the home office.

An out of band management solution that includes a remote console server provides a much more efficient means to deal with network problems at remote equipment sites. In fact, so many companies have already come to this same conclusion, that out of band access via dial-up is practically an industry standard approach for managing network equipment at far away, difficult to reach installations.

No matter how well your remote network application is designed, it’s inevitable that it will eventually require a configuration tweak or a little push to get it back on it’s feet again. This makes a remote console server a vital element in any remote network application. You never know when problems might arise at a remote equipment installation, but if you’ve prepared for these eventualities and included a remote console server in your equipment rack, you can rest assured that you’ll always have a way to deal with problems at far away sites, without spending a fortune sending tech personnel on boat or helicopter trips to the middle of nowhere.

Western Telematic, Inc. (WTI) designs and manufactures remote device management products for IT applications. WTI’s Serial Console Server products, Remote Reboot products, Switched PDU products and A/B Fallback products are engineered to allow you to securely manage and troubleshoot rack equipment in remote locations.

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