Managing Devices at Remote Data Centers in Large Enterprise Networks

An effective out-of-band management solution for large enterprise network applications must be able to serve the needs of a wide variety of different types of remote network equipment sites. In order to minimize downtime and ensure access to vital services, an out-of-band management solution in a large enterprise network must be able to provide remote power reboot control and console access for critical network elements located at remote data centers, microwave antenna sites, branch offices and many other diverse types of remote installations.

Given the large number of devices generally present at a data center, it is imperative that the out-of-band management solution used must be able to provide remote reboot and console port access for all desired devices on site. This means that in the case of large data centers, the out-of-band management solution must offer enough switched outlets and remote console port access capabilities to cover the power reboot and console access needs for dozens or even hundreds of managed devices on site. But since a typical enterprise level network will also include smaller remote equipment sites, the solution must also offer enough scalability and flexibility to meet the needs of smaller sites too, without wasting rack space or overloading already cramped equipment enclosures with unnecessary reboot and console access capacity.

With this in mind, it’s clear that in the case of enterprise level networks, a comprehensive out-of-band management solution must include a variety of switched PDU and console server units to address the needs of the many different sizes and types of remote equipment sites in the network. Furthermore, in order to allow the network to be managed by a centralized control interface, this also means that the assortment of different sized switched PDUs and console servers should probably all originate from one manufacturer. Since commercial enterprise management software generally doesn’t include the ability to actually control remote power reboot or console access functions, the decision to choose a single supplier for all of the components of an out-of-band management solution helps to increase the odds that these many components can all be controlled by a single enterprise management solution.

In addition to the scalability concerns discussed here, there are many other factors that must be carefully considered when implementing and out-of-band management solution in a large enterprise network. Some of these additional concerns include the need to provide fitting alternative avenues for out-of-band access to meet the needs of each type of remote equipment site, plus the ability to address the types of power supplies and equipment power needs at each individual site. Once one has taken all of these factors into consideration, one can then make a more informed decision regarding the perfect solution for each individual challenge that is met in the process of implementing an effective, reliable out-of-band management solution.

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