A Network Power Switch with Monitoring and Alarm Capabilities

Not too many years ago, it was rare to find a network power switch in a remote network equipment cabinet. Prior to the popularity of out of band management, many network administrators relied on an expensive service call whenever a network element at a remote site needed to be rebooted. But as the concept of out of band management has become more widely accepted, we’re now at a point where it’s pretty rare to find a remote network equipment cabinet that doesn’t include a network power switch.

These days, it’s relatively common to find network power switches in a variety of different applications at off-site data centers and remote network equipment cabinets. The reason for this is simple; a network power switch enables network administrators to save both time and money when dealing with malfunctioning devices at remote network sites by reducing or eliminating the need for a costly service call every time a device at a remote equipment site locks up or crashes or simply needs to be rebooted.

But in addition to these valuable remote power control capabilities, a network power switch can also perform other functions that help to simplify the task of managing remote network equipment cabinets. For example, some higher quality network power switch products also support the ability to monitor conditions and events at the remote network equipment site, and then automatically provide operator notification when conditions or events exceed user-defined threshold values.

For example, when a network power switch includes adequate monitoring and alarm functions, this enables network administrators to monitor rack temperature, ping command response, current consumption and other important factors at the remote network equipment site, and when any of these factors exceeds user-defined threshold values, automatically notify administrators and/or perform predefined switching and reboot functions.

When the network power switch supports monitoring and alarm functions, this enables administrators to track factors such as rack temperature and current consumption, set acceptable threshold values for each monitored factor, and then automatically invoke power switching and notification functions when thresholds are exceeded. This allows the network power switch to automatically power off non-essential devices when temperature levels or current consumption rises above acceptable levels, or switching on additional cooling devices in order to dissipate rack heat.

When an alarm is triggered, the network power switch should be able to provide notification in a variety of different communication protocols (typically email, text message, SNMP trap and/or SYSLOG message) in order to provide compatibility with the communication needs of a variety of different users.

Since your remote network equipment rack will probably include a network power switch for out of band power management purposes, it makes sense to choose a network power switch that also provides the additional functionality of environmental/event monitoring and alarms. This provides administrators with a comprehensive solution for remote network device management, that allows both remote reboot and power switching capabilities and also simplifies the task of tracking important events and environmental conditions at the remote site.

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