Out of Band Management Units for Both DB9 and RJ45 Environments

Adding an out of band management solution to an existing remote network equipment installation doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to re-cable an entire equipment rack in order to provide compatibility with a newer out of band management unit. In order to simplify the process of adding out of band management capabilities to an existing network application that uses older DB9 format cables, some modern out of band management products are available in both DB9 and RJ45 format.

Sometimes, something as simple as a handful of cables can stand in the way of adding an out of band management solution to a remote network equipment site. Equipment cables are relatively cheap, but the task of replacing them or adapting older DB9 port devices for compatibility with a newer RJ45 format out of band management unit is sometimes just more trouble than a network administrator wants to deal with.

Although RJ45 is the most common port format found on most new out of band management units, there some out of band management products that are available in both DB9 or RJ45 port format. Since many network administrators seek a certain level of consistency in the equipment that they use for out of band access to remote sites, it makes sense to choose an out of band management product that can fit equally well into their existing, DB9 format network equipment racks and to any newer RJ45 format equipment racks that may be added in the future. An out of band management unit that comes in both RJ45 and DB9 “flavors” allows network administrators and engineers to choose essentially the same out of band management solution for both newer RJ45 based installations as well as older DB9 format installations.

An out of band management solution provides a vital tool for network administrators who are responsible for managing and maintaining important network equipment that’s located at remote installation sites, and helps to save both time and money by allowing administrators to address problems at remote sites without the expense and time required to send tech support personnel to the site in order to deal with the problem in person. If your application requires that your remote network equipment is always up and running and available to users, 24 hours a day and seven days a week, an out of band management unit often provides the only answer. If you need to add out of band management capabilities to an existing network site, don’t let something as simple as a DB9 cable stand in your way. An out of bad management product that is available in both DB9 and RJ45 format allows you to add remote network capabilities to your existing applications without the need for expensive re-cabling or adapters.

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