Managing Power and Reboot Switching at Remote Network Equipment Sites

When a remote network element crashes or becomes unresponsive, in many cases, a quick power reboot will bring the uncooperative device back online. While rebooting a network element located down the hall or in the room next door is generally a pretty simple proposition, the task of rebooting a remote element, located in a distant off-site facility, miles away from the central office can often prove to be a bit more of a challenge. In cases like this, a Switched PDU can provide fast, secure access to reboot functions at remote facilities without the need for a service call.

Speed is often the most important factor when it comes to dealing with network equipment problems. In today’s digital work environment, a crashed network can bring an entire organization to a grinding halt. As long as the network is down, orders can’t be processed, communications cannot be sent and critical files and services are inaccessible. When an unresponsive network element crashes and interrupts network availability, it’s absolutely critical that network administrators have a means to correct the problem immediately, if not sooner. There’s no time to wait for a service team to travel to an off-site network equipment facility to fix the problem, administrators need the capability to deal with the problem without delay. The best solution for situations like this is a switched PDU.

A Switched PDU provides network administrators with a reliable means to switch power or reboot remote devices in response to commands sent via network cable, wireless connection or phone line. When a Switched PDU is installed at a remote network equipment site, administrators can quickly establish a secure connection to the Switched PDU and immediately issue commands to reboot unresponsive network elements, power up back-up equipment or power off devices that are not in use.

In addition to providing remote reboot capabilities, advanced Switched PDU products, such as WTI’s VMR series Outlet Metered PDUs can also provide additional capabilities that help to streamline the process of managing remote network equipment sites. The VMR includes a comprehensive array of monitoring and alarm features that can notify network administrators when excessive power consumption, high temperatures, unresponsive devices and other critical conditions and events are detected at the remote site. The VMR’s monitoring and alarm features can instantly notify administrators via email, text message or SNMP trap when potential problems arise, providing a more proactive approach to network management and allowing network support personnel to address and fix problems before they interfere with user access to vital network capabilities.

Obviously, in cases like this security is important; critical power control capabilities must be adequately protected from unauthorized access. The VMR Outlet Metered PDU includes a formidable assortment of security and authentication features to ensure that power and reboot control commands are only accessed by authorized users. In addition to basic security features such as a password directory with user configured security access levels, the VMR also includes IP address filtering, SSH communication and an embedded FIPS encryption model. In order to ensure the identity of each potential user, the VMR supports up-to-date authentication protocols such as TACACS+ Kerberos, RADIUS and LDAP.

The VMR Outlet Metered PDU can provide a secure, reliable solution for remote power control and reboot plus provide additional capabilities not found on basic switched PDU products. This makes the VMR the perfect solution for remote power management in network applications, while also providing additional functions to help administrators keep better track of conditions and events in remote network equipment racks.

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