Remote Power Units Provide a Quick Way to Deal with Network Emergencies

When a critical network element, located in an off-site equipment rack malfunctions and disrupts network communication, it’s often a race against time to get the malfunctioning device back up and running again and restore network communication before the complaints from anxious network users start rolling in. If the troublesome network device was located nearby, it would be a snap to fix the problem; in many cases, all it takes to get a malfunctioning device on its feet again is a simple power reboot. But when the device that’s causing the network outage is located miles away from your office in a remote data center or isolated network equipment rack, even something as simple as a power reboot suddenly becomes a big problem.

Often, in cases like this the only solution is to send a tech team out to the remote network equipment site in order to toggle power to the device Off and back On again. Although this will generally take care of the problem, service calls take time, and the entire time that your service team is en route to that off-site data center or remote equipment rack, your network is still down and the complaints from angry users who want their network back will continue to flood your in box and make your life miserable.

There must be a better way to reboot an errant network device in a case like this, right? There’s got to be a better solution than sending the tech team out and just ducking the user complaints until the tech team arrives on site, right?

Well, sure there’s an easier way; if you’ve got a remote power switch installed at the remote network equipment site. With a remote power control product on the job, rebooting remote network elements can be as easy as keying in a few simple ASCII commands or making a couple of quick clicks on a web based menu. A remote power control switch can instantly reboot devices at remote network equipment sites, without the lengthy wait for the service team to arrive on site, and without the avalanche of complaints from network users who want their server back.

A remote power control product provides network administrators with a fast, secure means to reboot vital network elements at remote sites and also switch remote devices On or Off during periods of low use or high demand. In addition to providing quick access to reboot functions for remote devices, a full-featured remote power control product often includes the ability to set up monitoring and alarm functions that allow the remote power unit to automatically reboot or switch power On or Off when temperatures rise beyond user-defined thresholds, when devices fail to respond to ping commands or according to a user-defined power schedule. This simplifies the task of responding to power emergencies at remote sites, and provides the remote power unit with the ability to automatically take care of many minor power-related issues without operator intervention.

There’s no need to wait for a service team to travel cross-country to an off-site data center when a network emergency bring down communication; with a remote power control product, administrators can reboot remote network devices in less time than it would take a service team to fill out the paperwork for a service call. With a remote power control unit installed at the remote network equipment site, network administrators can quickly access reboot and power control functions before those angry network users even have time to fire up their email client in order to complain.

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