When a network engineer adds remote power management capabilities to a network equipment rack, usually the principle goal is to provide on-demand reboot and power switching functions for an off-site data center or remote network equipment cabinet. Although on-demand reboot and power switching is indeed the central purpose of most remote power management applications, there are also other useful power-related capabilities that a remote power management solution can provide that can help to further simplify the task of managing remote network equipment.
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When a server or a router at an off-site network equipment cabinet suddenly locks up and refuses to cooperate, in many cases a simple power reboot is all that’s needed to get an uncooperative network element back up and running again. Unfortunately though, due to the remote nature of off-site data centers and distant network equipment racks, rebooting a frozen router or server is often much more of a challenge than it would be if the device in question was located a few steps away from your office.
When a vital network element crashes or hangs, in many cases the problem can be solved by a simple power reboot. But sometimes, even “simple” isn’t all that simple; especially when the network device in question is located at a distant network equipment site. In the case of remote network devices, rather than walking down the hall to flip a power switch Off and then On again, a power reboot usually requires an expensive, time-consuming service call to the remote equipment site, and an unwelcome delay while network users wait for the service team to travel to the remote site to reboot the troublesome network element and restore network communication.
When a critical network element at an offsite data center or remote network equipment site suddenly locks up and disrupts communication, the last thing you want to do is send a tech team out to the site to deal with the troublesome device in person. Sure, a service call is often the most obvious solution, but service calls are also time consuming and expensive. A much better solution for dealing with unresponsive devices at distant network equipment sites, is to install a remote power management unit at the site, that allows you to reboot locked up devices without the expense of a service call or the time that is wasted while waiting for the service team to travel to that offsite data center or remote equipment rack.
When it comes to power management, remote network equipment sites present an entirely different assortment of challenges and tasks from what is normally found when vital network devices are located at the central office. When managing network elements at your central office, usually all you need to do is walk into the room next door in order to perform a power reboot or switch off a non-essential device, but if those same network elements were located off-site, at a distant data center, remote equipment rack or far-away kiosk, even the most basic power management operations can prove to be a bit more of a challenge.
When a network element, such as a router or firewall, at a remote equipment rack suddenly decides to take an unscheduled vacation, often all it takes to get that router or firewall up and running again is a simple power reboot. “Simple” might not exactly be the right word to use here though; a power reboot is only “simple” if the router or firewall is located within easy reach, across the hall or in the building next door. If that troublesome router or firewall is located at an off-site data center or in a remote equipment rack several states away, then even a “simple” power reboot suddenly becomes a bit of a challenge … unless that distant equipment site includes a remote power management solution.