An Out of Band Management Solution for DC Powered Equipment Racks

When a vital network device at a remote network equipment site malfunctions or refuses to communicate, an out of band management solution provides administrators with a handy way to diagnose and correct problems at the remote site without the expense and inconvenience of a time-consuming service call. As a general rule, the more distant, remote and out-of-the-way the network equipment cabinet is, the more important it is to have out of band access to console port command functions when problems arise at the remote site.

The reason that out of band management is such an important capability for a remote network equipment application is simple; service calls to distant, inaccessible network equipment racks are generally much more time consuming and expensive than a service call to an easily accessible network equipment site. In addition to being difficult to reach, there’s also another factor that’s common to most remote network equipment applications: often, AC power is not available at the remote site, and much of the equipment that’s used at remote network sites runs on DC power.

Keeping in mind the importance of out of band management for remote network applications, and the prevailing use of DC power at remote network equipment sites, it quickly becomes clear that a truly effective out of band management solution for remote network equipment sites should also be able to run on DC power. An out of band management unit that runs on DC power accomplishes two critical functions for remote site management; it enables compatibility with the prevailing DC power format found at extremely remote network equipment applications, yet still provides secure, reliable out of band management access to critical network elements located at the remote site.

A DC powered out of band management solution provides network administrators with secure out of band access to console port command functions on remote network elements, and enables communication with devices at the remote site even when a normal network connection is not available. In addition to cutting costs associated with truck rolls and service calls to remote equipment sites, a DC powered out of band management solution also helps to reduce network down-time by cutting the time needed to respond to equipment problems. When a network outage caused by a malfunction at a remote equipment site occurs, an out of band management solution effectively eliminates the need to wait for the service team to travel to the remote site before network service can be restored. Instead, network administrators are able to use the out of band management solution to access console port command functions on the device that caused the network outage, and often get the network back up and running again without the expense of a service call and without the time-delay while the service team is in transit to the remote site.

A DC powered out of band management solution generally provides the best approach to managing critical network elements located at distant equipment sites. Rather than burning a huge hole in your yearly budget to run an AC power line out to the middle of nowhere, just to provide AC power for an out of band management unit at the remote site, it makes much more sense and also saves bundles of money to choose a DC powered out of band management solution that can provide the remote console port access capabilities needed to respond to problems at the remote site, without the extra hassles and expense of converting the site to AC power.

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