The task of managing user access to an IP Power Switch can often be a challenge; especially when you’re dealing with multiple users who need individualized command access rights and outlet access rights. To complicate matters further, the job gets even more confusing when you need to allow some users to access IP Power Switch configuration functions, while limiting other users to only basic reboot and power switching functions and also setting up other user accounts that provide no command access rights and only allow the user to display IP Power Switch status screens.
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An IP power switch can provide network administrators with the ability to control power switching and reboot functions at remote network equipment sites without the need for a constant human presence at the remote site, or an expensive service call every time power needs to be switched or rebooted. But in addition to that valuable function, and IP power switch can also help to keep network administrators better informed regarding conditions and events at the remote network equipment site.
When a critical network element located at a remote data center locks up and ceases to respond, an IP power switch provides a fast, economical means to reboot that remote network device and get it back up and running again without the need for an expensive service call to the remote site. Although the on-demand power switching and reboot capabilities provided by an IP power switch can truly be a lifesaver in cases like this, a high-quality, full-featured IP power switch can often provide other functions that are just as useful and vital.
When a vital network element suddenly locks up and crashes, often all it takes is a simple power reboot to get that device up and running again. Unfortunately, a “simple” power reboot is only simple when the network device in question is located down the hall or in the room next door; if the troublesome network element is located at an offsite data center or remote network equipment rack, miles away from the central office, then the time and trouble of getting to the remote equipment site can make even the most basic network management tasks seem like a major challenge.
Network administrators who are responsible for managing offsite data centers and remote equipment racks are often faced with two common challenges: a lack of information regarding conditions and events at the remote equipment site, and the inability to deal with problems at the remote site without traveling there in person or sending a service team. When vital network elements such as servers and routers are located at an offsite facility, often the only way to really get one’s hands on a problem at the remote site is to travel there in person; an effective solution, but often also an expensive, time-consuming solution.
One of the most frustrating aspects of managing remote network equipment, is the fact that the very “remoteness” of the equipment often makes it difficult to perform even the simplest of tasks. When a vital network element at a remote site hangs and disrupts communication with the remote site, even a simple power reboot can be a difficult thing to achieve. If that troublesome network device was located at the central office, the cure would be simple: just walk down the hall and flip the power off and back on again. But when an uncooperative network element is located in an offsite data center or remote equipment rack hundreds of miles away, suddenly a power reboot isn’t such a simple solution anymore.
When a server or router at a remote network equipment site suddenly ceases to function, in many cases it only takes a simple power reboot to get that troublesome server or router back up and running again. If the malfunctioning network device is located down the hall or in the room next door, then rebooting the device is pretty simple. But what if that router or server are located hundreds of miles away from the office, in a remote equipment rack or off-site data center? In cases like this, an IP power switch can provide network administrators with the ability to reboot unresponsive network elements at remote sites as easily as if that device was located in the office next door.