Take Control of Power Reboot Functions at Remote Network Equipment Sites

If you want to minimize downtime at remote network equipment cabinets and off-site data centers, one of the most important steps you can take is to implement a remote power control solution that allows network administrators to initiate power and reboot switching functions at the remote site. Without a secure, effective remote power control solution at the off-site data center, network administrators are basically left with no alternative for dealing with unresponsive devices at the remote site, other than expensive, time consuming service calls to the remote site, merely to reboot network elements in order to get them up and running again.

In addition to the travel costs and overtime associated with service calls, there’s also the inconvenience of waiting for the service team to reach the remote equipment site, and the user frustration of waiting for network communication to be restored while service techs are in the process of traveling to the site. A remote power control solution beats a service call in a number of different ways. For one thing, the cost of a remote power control unit is easily offset by savings in overtime and travel expenses, and for another, with a remote power control solution, users no longer have to wait for the service team to reach the remote network equipment in order to deal with the problem and restore network communication.

An effective remote power control solution enables network administrators to quickly establish a secure connection to the remote power control unit via dial-up or secondary maintenance network, and then immediately reboot devices at the remote site, literally, in less time than it would take for a service team to walk out to the truck and start it up. Instead of filling out a service requisition form, explaining the nature of the problem to the service team, and then waiting for service techs to travel to the remote site, network administrators can log-in to a remote power control unit, issue a few simple ASCII commands or click on the appropriate button in a web based interface, and restore network communication in no time.

In addition to providing secure, reliable access to reboot and power control functions at remote network equipment sites, a high quality remote power control unit will often offer other capabilities that can help to further simplify the task of managing vital network elements located in distant equipment racks. For example, full featured remote power units often support the ability to schedule automatic power switching and reboot functions at the remote site, allowing administrators to easily define daily or weekly schedules for power switching and reboot operations for specific units. Some remote power products also include features that allow them to regularly ping network elements at the remote site, and then automatically reboot devices that fail to respond to ping commands.

In order to further simplify the task of managing remote devices, remote power units often support the ability to monitor temperatures, current consumption and other important conditions and events at the remote site, and then provide prompt notification or perform automatic load shedding when temperatures or current consumption exceeds user-defined threshold values. In addition to monitoring rack temperature and current consumption, a good remote power unit should also be able to monitor other important factors such as power supply instability, invalid attempts to access command mode, open circuit breakers and loss of dialtone at an external modem.

The key to managing vital network elements located in distant equipment cabinets or off-site data centers is to take control of power management functions at the remote equipment site. Rather than relying on service techs to deal with minor, power related problems at remote equipment sites, a remote power unit enables network administrators to perform routine power-related maintenance tasks themselves immediately; without waiting for a service team to reach the remote site, and without the costs and hassles associated with service calls to extremely remote network equipment locations.

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