The IP Power Switch – Remote Problem Solving for Offsite Network Equipment

Network administrators who are responsible for managing offsite data centers and remote equipment racks are often faced with two common challenges: a lack of information regarding conditions and events at the remote equipment site, and the inability to deal with problems at the remote site without traveling there in person or sending a service team. When vital network elements such as servers and routers are located at an offsite facility, often the only way to really get one’s hands on a problem at the remote site is to travel there in person; an effective solution, but often also an expensive, time-consuming solution.

When distance and remote locations make network management difficult, an IP power switch can provide an extremely useful alternative to constant service calls and truck rolls to the remote network equipment site. When an IP power switch is installed at an offsite data center or remote equipment rack, the job of managing remote equipment suddenly becomes as easy as logging in to an email client. Rather than facing the expenses and delays often associated with service calls and truck rolls, an IP power switch enables the network administrator to control power reboot and switching functions at the remote site, and review event logs and status information regarding the site without even leaving their desk.

An IP power switch provides fast, secure access to reboot and switching functions, and also provides powerful monitoring and alarm functions that help the administrator to be kept better informed regarding significant events and environmental conditions at the site without the costs and travel time that is usually incurred with a service call. Operation of the IP power switch is simple. Administrators can securely log in to the IP power switch via either IP connection or modem, and then immediately access power control and event logging functions using simple to understand web based menus or ASCII commands (the ability to contact the IP power switch via modem can prove particularly useful in cases where a malfunctioning device at a remote site has interfered with network communication.)

In addition to providing on-demand power control and reboot capabilities, a high quality IP power switch can often be configured to automatically reboot or switch network devices On/Off according to a user defined schedule. These capabilities can prove extremely useful in cases where network devices are switched off during periods of lower use or when cooling systems need to be switched on during particularly hot periods of the day. Furthermore, some IP power switch products also support the ability to regularly ping specific devices at the remote site, and then automatically reboot those devices if they fail to respond to a ping command.

A well designed IP power switch will often support a wide variety of monitoring and alarm functions that help to provide administrators with a clearer, up-to-date picture of conditions at the remote site without the need to travel there in order to check the site in person. Features such as temperature alarms, current consumption alarms, lost voltage alarms, power cycle alarms and no dialtone alarms can be configured to automatically alert administrators via email, text message, SNMP trap or SYSLOG message when the IP power switch detects that conditions or events at the site have surpassed user defined threshold values for alarms. In addition to providing alarms when potentially critical conditions are detected at the site, many IP power switch products can also log conditions and events at the site and then allow administrators to either download logged data, or display data in graphic format in order to detect temperature trends, current usage trends and other useful information regarding the site.

With an IP power switch on duty at your offsite data center or remote network equipment rack, there’s no need for constant expensive service calls to faraway network installations every time a simple reboot is required, and there’s also no need to “drive blind”, without knowing when conditions at the remote site could potentially interfere with network communication. An IP power switch provides network administrators with the perfect tools for remote network management, and also takes much of the guesswork out of trying to figure out exactly what’s going on at a far off equipment cabinet. The remote power management and event logging capabilities provided by an IP power switch essentially “bring the remote device to you,” by allowing administrators to control power switching functions and review site status without depending on a service call every time you need to deal with a problem at a distant network equipment installation.

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