A Remote Power Switch Can Save Both Time and Money

When a critical network device in a remote equipment rack suddenly locks up and takes your network with it, in many cases, a simple power reboot is enough to get the troublesome network device up and running again. In a case like this, one solution would be to send a service team out to the remote equipment rack to reboot the malfunctioning device in person, but the only problem with that approach, is that it takes time to travel to the remote equipment rack, and when your network is down, often your entire business grinds to a halt. A better solution to this type of problem is to make sure that remote network equipment racks include a remote power switch, that allows network administrators to reboot critical network devices at the remote site without the expense an delays associated with a service call.

A remote power switch provides network administrators and support personnel with a secure, reliable means to initiate power reboot cycles at remote equipment racks, without actually traveling to the remote site in person. Even when normal network communication is not available, administrators can still establish an out of band connection to the remote power switch via dial-up or satellite modem, and reboot routers, servers and other critical network elements in order to restore network communication. In some cases, high quality remote reboot switches are even capable of initiating a reboot cycle automatically; if the remote reboot switch includes a ping response function or “ping-no-answer” alarm, the remote reboot switch can ping user-specified network devices and then automatically reboot those devices if they fail to respond to a series of ping commands.

In addition to providing emergency recovery capabilities for remote network equipment, a remote power switch can also be used to perform routine power management tasks such as taking devices off line during periods of reduced user activity, or automatically switching on cooling equipment when rack temperatures rise to a level that could be potentially harmful to devices in the rack. The capability to switch devices on or off based on temperature trends can prove particularly useful in many remote equipment rack applications. When the remote power switch includes temperature monitoring capabilities, this provides a whole range of useful capabilities, including temperature logging and reporting, and the ability to automatically switch devices off or on when temperature levels exceed user defined thresholds.

Some full-featured remote power switch products also include a current monitor, which can be used to report and record current consumption by devices in the remote equipment rack, and also to switch non-essential rack elements off when current consumption rises beyond acceptable levels. These capabilities come in very handy in applications where high current consumption is an issue, and also in cases where power conservation is a critical factor.

Service calls and truck rolls to remote network equipment sites are not only expensive, but they also often result in unacceptable delays, while users are forced to wait for network service to be restored while service teams are en route to the remote network equipment site. A high quality remote power switch eliminates the need for many service calls to remote equipment racks by providing an out of band management solution that allows network administrators to reboot remote devices without the expense and delay, and in many cases, without the need to even leave the office in order to deal with problems at remote network equipment sites.

Link to Original Content

Tags: , , , , ,

Comments are closed.