A Network Power Switch Can Save Your IT Budget and Cut Response Time

In these days of tightening IT budgets and increased service costs, the last thing that a network administrator needs is to waste valuable resources on expensive service calls to remote equipment sites. Sure, it’s still an emergency when a server or router at a remote site suddenly hangs and brings network communication to a halt, but isn’t there a simpler, less expensive way to deal with problems at off-site equipment racks besides sending a tech team off on a road trip just to reboot an unresponsive network element?

A network power switch provides network administrators with a fast, reliable, economical tool for rebooting remote network equipment without the high cost and delays associated with service calls to off-site data centers and remote equipment racks. When a network power switch is installed at your remote network equipment site, malfunctioning servers and routers can be easily rebooted using simple commands and web-based menus; eliminating many unnecessary service calls to remote equipment sites, and drastically cutting the time required to deal with network elements when they simply need a power reboot in order to be put back on their feet again.

Rather than waiting for your service team to travel to an off-site data center or remote network equipment rack, administrators can quickly log in to the network power switch, and securely initiate a power reboot at the device of their choosing, often in less time than it would take to fill out the paperwork to get a support team on it’s way to the remote site. In addition to enabling remote reboots for vital network elements, a network power switch can also be used to automatically schedule power switching operations, allowing administrators to easily take non-essential devices off-line during periods of infrequent use, or switch on other devices during periods of heavy use.

In addition to command driven reboot capabilities and power scheduling functions, many high quality network power switches also offer the ability to define monitoring and alarm functions that can automatically reboot or power remote devices On/Off when certain user-specified conditions are detected. For example, if the network power switch includes a ping response monitor, the network power switch can automatically reboot devices that fail to respond to a ping command and/or notify the appropriate personnel when a unresponsive device is detected. In some cases, the network power switch can also include temperature and current monitoring functions that can be used to power-down non-essential devices if current consumption or rack temperatures rise to unacceptable levels. In addition, some high end network power switch products also support other user defined alarm functions that can be deployed to provide prompt notification when power to the network power switch is cycled or interrupted or when an individual outlet draws excessive current. This provides administrators with a much clearer picture of conditions at the remote network equipment site and enables a proactive approach to power issues at remote sites.

There’s no need to take a bite out of your IT budget every time some router or server at a remote equipment rack decides to take a nap! A network power switch allows administrators to reboot and power On/Off devices at off-site data centers and remote equipment racks without even stepping away from their desks. Why waste time and money on unnecessary service calls to reboot remote devices when you can easily do the job yourself, in about the same amount of time that it would take to fire up your email client?

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