A Better Way to Control Power Reboot Functions at Remote Network Equipment Sites

One of the most frustrating things about managing network devices located at remote equipment sites, is the fact that you can’t easily get your hands on them when you need to. When a vital network element at a distant data center or faraway equipment cabinet suddenly crashes and refuses to respond, even a simple power reboot can suddenly become a huge pain-in-the-you-know-where to actually accomplish. Sure, it would be easy to reboot that troublesome router or uncooperative server if it was installed in a rack down the hall, but if it’s located in another state or half-way around the globe, even a routine reboot can involve service teams, truck rolls and expense reports.

Fortunately though, a remote control power switch can provide a simple, reliable means to reboot remote network devices without the need for an expensive, time-consuming expedition for your tech support team. When a remote control power switch is installed at your remote data center or off-site network equipment rack, network administrators can easily initiate power reboot and switching functions without even leaving their desks.

Operation of a remote control power switch is simple. When a device at a remote location needs to be rebooted, administrators and technicians can quickly establish a secure, authenticated connection to the remote power reboot switch via either secondary network or dial-up connection, and then invoke a few simple commands to initiate a reboot cycle or switch power to network devices On or Off. In addition to on-demand power switching and reboot functions, some remote control power switch products also offer the ability to perform power switching and reboot functions according to a user-defined schedule, thus enabling the remote control power switch to automatically power-off non-essential devices during periods of low use, switch on cooling systems during periods of the day when rack temperatures are likely to rise or automatically reboot devices at the end of the business day.

In cases where the remote control power switch product supports user-defined alarms, administrators can also set up monitoring functions that enable the remote control power switch to automatically initiate a reboot cycle when a network device fails to respond to a ping command, power-off devices when power consumption rises above user-defined threshold values or implement power switching and reboot functions when rack temperature rises. In addition to these automatic power switching and reboot capabilities, some high quality remote control power switch products include the ability to automatically notify administrators via email or SNMP when the remote control power switch detects high temperatures or other conditions at the remote site.

If you’re faced with the hassle of rebooting remote network elements, or if you need to keep better track of conditions at off-site equipment racks, or if you just need to cut your tech support budget, a remote control power switch can provide the ideal solution to your remote power switching and monitoring needs. When a remote control power switch is on the job, power reboot and switching functions are brought within arms reach, and made easier to control and less expensive to achieve. Don’t waste time and money on service calls to remote sites, just to perform a simple reboot; use remote control power switching to bring power control right to your desk.

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