Posts Tagged ‘data center’

Managing Devices at Remote Data Centers in Large Enterprise Networks

Monday, August 10th, 2015

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.


A Space-Saving Power Redundancy Solution for Data Center Applications

Friday, August 8th, 2014

In over-crowded data center equipment racks, sometimes there’s just not enough room for a traditional, horizontal format, rack-mount automatic power transfer switch. In cases like this, a vertical format power transfer switch can allow network administrators to implement a viable power redundancy solution without the need to juggle around existing rack elements or even remove a rarely used device from the rack. Unlike traditional horizontal format ATS units, a vertical format power transfer switch easily mounts to a rack post or rack pocket, providing effective power redundancy without the need to sacrifice valuable rack space.


A Network Power Switch Can Save Your IT Budget and Cut Response Time

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

In these days of tightening IT budgets and increased service costs, the last thing that a network administrator needs is to waste valuable resources on expensive service calls to remote equipment sites. Sure, it’s still an emergency when a server or router at a remote site suddenly hangs and brings network communication to a halt, but isn’t there a simpler, less expensive way to deal with problems at off-site equipment racks besides sending a tech team off on a road trip just to reboot an unresponsive network element?


Intelligent Remote Power Management for Off-Site Data Centers

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

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.


A Remote Control Power Switch Provides a Better Way to Manage Power

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

In many cases, a simple power reboot is all it takes to get an unresponsive server or router back up and running again. Sometimes though, the very location of the problematic server or router means that a “simple power reboot” isn’t all that simple anymore; when a malfunctioning network element is located at an off-site data center or a remote equipment rack, then even the relatively basic task of cycling power on and off suddenly becomes a bit more of a challenge.


Facebook Open Compute Project

Friday, April 8th, 2011

Here’s an interesting article about Facebook’s next generation data center …

Building and using efficient computing infrastructures is one of the goals of many successful Internet companies. Small improvements in efficiency can have huge effects on the running costs, let alone the company’s image as a “green” company.


Serial Console Servers – Mission Critical Remote Access for Vital Network Applications

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

When most network administrators hear the term “serial console server”, they immediately thing of a data center, equipment cabinets and some guy sitting behind a desk monitoring network equipment. For the most part, this stereotype rings true, but there are also many other applications for serial console server products that even the most experienced network administrators would never dream of.


Making your case to non-IT management – Focus on problem-solving

Monday, August 9th, 2010

Here’s an interesting approach to selling non-technical managers on high-tech budgetary needs …

In today’s IT environment many IT shops are headed toward the relatively newer solutions of virtualization and disk-based backup, but some organizations just don’t see the value of new-fangled solutions when the old ways still work. Sometimes this isn’t for lack of wanting to be “green” or to realize savings in power and other resources, but for a lack of understanding as to what a virtual machine really is.


Slashing the federal IT budget – Can someone (please) help the FBI?

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

It really boggles my mind how the government can spend millions of dollars on a project, and then never produce any results. Where does all that money go?

What is it with the FBI and overspending? Back in January 2008, the Office of the Inspector General released a damning report on the Bureau’s gross mismanagement of its finances, noting that in many cases phone companies had shut down wiretaps because the FBI wasn’t paying its bills. 


Scaling up vs scaling out – Which makes more sense?

Monday, June 28th, 2010

If you need secure, remote control of power and reboot functions for blade servers, check out WTI’s High Amp C19 Power Reboot Switch products; they’re specifically designed to support the high current needs of blade servers.

The day-to-day infrastructure administrator will inevitably come to a decision point on whether to scale up or scale out when it comes to servers and systems. IT pro Rick Vanover shares his opinions on one of today’s dividing issues.


A few years ago, we were frequently pressed with decisions such as whether or not to select two or four processor (socket) systems. Processor architectures have continually increased the number of cores available, and in many situations IT administrators could choose the smaller two-processor system in favor of loading up on cores. This was one of my first decision points of scale up or scale out during server virtualization. In terms of servers, scaling up is usually favoring a lesser number of more capable systems where scaling out is to add a higher number of relatively less powerful systems.