Does Your Out of Band Management Application Include both RJ45 and DB9 Format Devices?

It’s pretty safe to say that most network administrators are already familiar with the communication capabilities that are provided by an out of band management solution. An effective out of band management solution provides administrators with a powerful tool for communicating with remote network devices when normal network communication is down or unavailable. In spite of this though, sometimes a very simple thing, such as cabling format, can stand in the way of implementation of an out of band management solution, even when the value of out of band communication is obvious.

Due to the fact that many out of band management units are only available with RJ45 ports, administrators are sometimes reluctant to implement an out of band management solution simply because they dread costs and hassles associated with the task of either adapting new RJ45 format cables for use with their older DB9 devices, or replacing existing DB9 devices with brand new, expensive RJ45 format devices. Even though cables and adapters are relatively affordable, sometimes the additional work associated with adapting a new RJ45 format out of band management unit for use with existing DB9 devices is just more than an administrator has time to deal with.

One way to break this deadlock, and provide valuable out of band management access to existing DB9 format devices, is to choose an out of band management unit that is compatible with the older DB9 format. Although this effectively solves the problem of communicating with older DB9 devices, it can also create consistency issues for network management when other network equipment racks in the network are already using the newer RJ45 format. This is a fairly problem to solve, that only requires the administrator to locate a manufacturer that can provide out of band management units that are available in both RJ45 and DB9 format.

Out of band management units that are available in both RJ45 and DB9 format provide network administrators with the ability to use the same out of band management unit (and the same command set) to manage both older, DB9 format network equipment sites, and newer RJ45 format network equipment sites without having to learn separate/different operating procedures for the DB9 format out of band management units and the RJ45 out of band management units. With this solution, for all practical purposes, once the DB9 and RJ45 format out of band management units have been installed, there will be no observable difference between the command set and operating procedure used for the DB9 format out of band management unit and the RJ45 format out of band management unit; both DB9 format and RJ45 format out of band management units.

An out of band management unit that is available in both DB9 and RJ45 formats provides a consistency in out of band management procedures, and eliminates the needs for operators to constantly switch back and forth between two different command sets and operating procedures for RJ45 and DB9 format remote network equipment sites.

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