When a crucial network device located at a distant pipeline monitoring station crashes and takes down the station’s monitoring or communication capabilities, the race is on to remedy the problem before the outage forces a temporary shutdown of the pipeline’s delivery functions. In cases like this, there isn’t time to wait for a service team to travel to the remote site and restore communication and monitoring functions. Network support personnel need an out-of-band management solution that allows them to deal with the problem at the pipeline monitoring station immediately.
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Drill rigs and production platforms present a difficult challenge for network support personnel. When a router or firewall located on a distant petroleum production facility becomes unresponsive, NOC personnel need to fix the problem immediately in order to avoid downtime, but the remote location of the site often makes a quick response somewhat problematic. Fortunately, WTI’s RSM-8R8 Remote Site Managers can drastically simplify the task of dealing with network problems on remote drill rigs, production platforms and support vessels.
A large US-based bank has a vast number of branch office locations across the country in which each has a small installed base of Cisco routers, switches and firewalls to support the daily operational activities & transactions at each location.
Many of the branch offices are located in areas that are subject to severe weather which creates network outages. During adverse weather conditions, several branch office locations lost primary network access. This in-band outage prompted the bank to find a reliable solution to trouble-shoot & manage the network hardware in these branch locations during the network outage through out-of-band tools.
The ability to access console port command functions and control power reboot functions at remote network equipment sites can be a life saver for any network administrator responsible for maintaining remote network equipment racks. Unfortunately, rack space is often critical at branch offices and kiosks, and sometimes, there just isn’t enough room for both a console server and switched PDU. WTI’s Console Server + Power Control Hybrids solve this problem by combining both remote console access and remote power reboot control in a single, convenient 1U device.
The task of managing network equipment located at remote branch offices presents an entirely different set of challenges than are normally encountered in general network management applications. For one thing, the ability to monitor conditions and events at the remote branch office is typically much more critical than it would be in an application where a local administrator is available to keep an eye on power supplies, phone lines and other factors in person. For another thing, branch office management often requires a degree of conformity between the various branch office sites on the corporate network; user access rights and passwords need to be the same at each site, and similar devices at each branch office must also be similarly configured.
It isn’t always easy to know when a critical network element at a remote equipment site has malfunctioned or crashed. When a router or switch in a distant network equipment rack locks up and refuses to respond, a good IT administrator shouldn’t just wait until a user complains before taking action; an effective IT administrator should be able to detect equipment problems and deal with unresponsive devices before they cause problems for network users.
Remote power control and remote console port access are two vital tools for network administrators. With these tools, administrators can initiate power reboot cycles, take devices out of service, and access command functions on remote network devices without actually traveling to the equipment site in person. Obviously, remote power control and command access are very valuable tools … but what if your application doesn’t provide room for both a console server and a switched PDU?
If you’re faced with the task of maintaining multiple, far-flung network installations, then you already know that remote console port access and remote power reboot control are both extremely valuable tools for dealing with problems at far away branch offices and equipment closets. But what if your network equipment rack doesn’t have enough free rack space to allow both a console server and a switched PDU? Does that mean that you have to choose between console access and reboot control? Of course not; WTI’s Power + Console Hybrid products provide both remote console access and remote reboot capabilities in one, convenient, 1U product.