Rack Temperature Alarms Help Console Access Server Units to Keep Tabs on Remote Equipment Sites

Abnormally high or low rack temperatures can often be an indication of potential problems at a network equipment site. If a network equipment rack is located down the hall from your office, then it’s relatively easy to keep track of rack temperatures. But if the equipment rack is located in a remote site, half a world away from your office, then tracking equipment temperatures can present a bit of a challenge. In cases like this, a console access server that includes a temperature alarm feature can often prove to be a valuable asset for network administrators who are responsible for equipment at remote installations.

In many cases, high rack temperatures can be caused by something as simple as overcrowding or inadequate ventilation; in other cases, high temperatures in an equipment rack could be caused by a malfunctioning network device, that’s skating right on the edge of complete failure. In either case, it’s important for network administrators to be able to track temperatures in equipment racks in order to know when small problems like rack overcrowding or in adequate ventilation need to be addressed, or when high rack temperatures might indicate that a vital network element is heading towards a major breakdown.

A console access server that includes a rack temperature sensor and alarm enables network administrators to be kept up to date regarding temperature trends at remote equipment sites. In many cases temperature alarm features in console access server units can create a record of temperature readings vs. time, generate alarms when rack temperature reach unacceptable levels, and provide administrators with the ability to recognize situations where additional ventilation or cooling might be needed in order to avert a complete disaster.

Ideally, a console access server temperature alarm should be able to promptly notify administrators and tech support personnel when excessively high or low rack temperatures are detected. The temperature alarm should support several different communication protocols, including email, text message, SNMP trap and SYSLOG message, in order to fit the needs of a wide variety of users. In addition, a console access server temperature alarm should also include the ability to provide simultaneous alarm notification to several support personnel in the event that the primary contact is unavailable or otherwise occupied.

In most cases, high rack temperatures are an easily solved problem. But in order to deal with temperature problems at remote network equipment sites, network administrators and tech support need to know about the temperature problems first. A console access server with a full-featured temperature alarm with notification capabilities helps to ensure that the appropriate personnel will always be able to track rack temperatures when needed, and be notified when rack temperatures reach levels that could possibly damage important network elements.

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