A remote power control solution is a critical element in any network application that involves communication with network elements located at remote equipment sites. The reason for this is fairly simple; without some sort of remote power control solution, the only way to reboot or power On/Off devices at the remote site is an expensive, time consuming trip to the remote site merely to flip a power switch Off and On. But in spite of the obvious value of a remote power control solution, the capabilities provided by a switched PDU can actually do more harm than good if the remote power control solution does not include adequate security and authentication measures.
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When network professionals talk about a remote power control solution, in most cases, they’re talking about the ability to control power switching and reboot functions at remote network equipment racks and off-site data centers. The ability to reboot remote network devices has obvious value, in that it allows administrators to restart malfunctioning devices at remote network installations without the need for an expensive, time-consuming service call, but in addition to the vital function of remote power reboot control, a comprehensive remote power control solution should also provide network administrators and tech support personnel with other remote network management capabilities.
If you want to minimize downtime at remote network equipment cabinets and off-site data centers, one of the most important steps you can take is to implement a remote power control solution that allows network administrators to initiate power and reboot switching functions at the remote site. Without a secure, effective remote power control solution at the off-site data center, network administrators are basically left with no alternative for dealing with unresponsive devices at the remote site, other than expensive, time consuming service calls to the remote site, merely to reboot network elements in order to get them up and running again.
Often, the most difficult aspect of managing remote network equipment racks is the very fact that they are remote, and not easy to access. If a server or router located in an equipment rack across the hall decides to crash, then it’s no problem to simply walk across the hall, reboot that server or router and be back in business. But when a server or a router located in a remote network equipment rack or offsite data, miles away from the central office, crashes or hangs, it’s a completely different sort of challenge.
When a critical network element, located in an off-site equipment rack malfunctions and disrupts network communication, it’s often a race against time to get the malfunctioning device back up and running again and restore network communication before the complaints from anxious network users start rolling in. If the troublesome network device was located nearby, it would be a snap to fix the problem; in many cases, all it takes to get a malfunctioning device on its feet again is a simple power reboot. But when the device that’s causing the network outage is located miles away from your office in a remote data center or isolated network equipment rack, even something as simple as a power reboot suddenly becomes a big problem.