Remote Reboot with Monitoring and Alarm Functions

Most network administrators are already pretty familiar with the benefits that are provided by a remote reboot. When a vital network element at a remote network equipment site suddenly locks up and refuses to respond, often, a simple remote reboot can take care of the problem and get the network device back up and running again. In fact, remote reboot capabilities are such a key element of most out of band management solutions, that it’s becoming increasingly rare to find an off-site data center or remote network equipment cabinet that doesn’t support the ability to remotely reboot servers, routers and other network devices at the site.

The convenience of remotely rebooting distant network elements without the need for a service call to the remote site can obviously save budgetary resources and make a network administrator’s job much easier, but in addition to providing remote reboot capabilities, some advanced, high-quality remote reboot switches often include other features that can help to save time and money and eliminate some of the common headaches of remote network management. For example, in addition to providing remote reboot support, some switched PDU products also include the ability to monitor conditions and events at the remote site and then promptly notify administrators when temperature levels, current consumption and other factors exceed user-defined critical levels.

A remote reboot solution that also supports monitoring and alarm functions helps network administrators to take a proactive approach to network management, by keeping administrators up to date regarding significant environmental conditions and user events at the off-site data center or remote network equipment site. When your remote reboot solution supports monitoring and alarm functions, administrators can be immediately notified when power supply instability, failure to respond to ping commands, open circuit breakers, excessive invalid access attempts and other potentially harmful conditions are detected at the remote site.

In most cases, monitoring and alarm functions offer a wide variety of user configuration options. Network administrators can set threshold values for rack temperature levels, current consumption, power supply interruptions and other factors, and then set up the remote reboot switch to automatically send alarm notification via email, text message, SNMP trap or Syslog message when conditions at the remote site exceed user-defined thresholds.

Some remote reboot solutions also support the ability to automatically power-off nonessential devices when temperature levels or current consumption reaches a point that might damage or impede network devices at the remote site. When a temperature alarm is triggered, a full-featured remote reboot solution can automatically switch on cooling systems to dissipate rack heat. When a device at the remote site fails to respond to a ping command, a switched PDU with a ping response monitor can automatically remotely reboot the unresponsive device, and in many cases, get that device back up and running again before network users are even aware that there was a problem with the device.

The ability to remotely reboot vital network elements at distant network equipment sites can indeed prove to be a lifesaver for network administrators who are responsible for the management of off-site data centers and remote network equipment cabinets. But often, the same product that provides these valuable remote reboot capabilities can also provide he ability to monitor the remote network equipment site and then automatically notify administrators and tech support personnel when conditions develop at the remote site that could potentially interfere with network communication. A remote reboot solution that includes monitoring and alarm functions keeps administrators better informed regarding conditions at distant network equipment racks, and enables administrators to address small problems at the remote site, before those small problems turn into huge disasters that halt network communication and impede access to valuable network resources.

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