Posts Tagged ‘environmental alarm’

A Linux Powered Console Server Saves Time and Money

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

When minor problems at a remote network equipment site disrupt network communication, often the only way to restore communication is a service call to the remote site to deal with the problem in person. Although service calls to the remote network equipment racks provide a simple means to get your network back up and running again, service calls are also expensive and time consuming. Sending a service team out on the road is not only costly, but it also monopolizes key support personnel when they might be needed back at the central office. In addition to the cost of the service call, there’s also a built-in delay factor; before your service techs can even begin to deal with your network communication problems, sometimes they need to spend a day or so traveling to the remote equipment rack first.

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Console Servers Provide the Ideal Solution for Remote Network Equipment Management

Friday, May 27th, 2011

The biggest problem with managing remote network equipment sites is fairly obvious; due to the “remote” nature of these sites, it’s usually pretty difficult for an administrator to know exactly what’s going on at a remote site and if anything does go wrong, then the only way to fix it is an expensive, time consuming service call to a site that might be located in a whole different time zone. Remote site management would be easy if you could permanently station a tech support team on-site 24-7, but who’s got the budget for that these days? In cases like this, a console server unit, intelligently deployed at a remote site can often accomplish the same thing as on-site personnel … at a fraction of the cost and also faster and more efficiently than a service call or truck roll.

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Why is SNMP Support Such an Important Terminal Switch Feature?

Monday, February 14th, 2011

WTI Terminal Switch products support SNMP communication and full MIB capability. This provides network administrators with a convenient means to use SNMP based commands to change terminal switch configuration parameters, manage user accounts, retrieve buffered data from buffered terminal switch serial ports and receive alarm notification via SNMP when specific, user-defined events and environmental conditions are detected. All of these functions are especially useful for administrators who need a centralized management capabilities for multiple terminal server units located at remote network equipment sites.

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How Out of Band Management Can Help Minimize Network Down-Time

Monday, January 24th, 2011

These days, it’s hard to imagine any kind of large business that doesn’t rely on network communication to one extent or another. In fact, most companies are so reliant on their networks, that when the network crashes or is unavailable, the whole company comes to a grinding halt; orders can’t be processed, stock can’t be checked, financial data can’t be accessed and even simple-yet-vital tools such as email communication suddenly vanish. That’s why it’s absolutely imperative that the network be kept running 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year. This can prove to be a challenging task for network administrators, but when your network infrastructure includes an out of band management solution with event alarms and alarm notification capabilities, it’s a whole lot less of a challenge.

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SNMP and Syslog – Two Ways that Your Console Server can Keep You Informed

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

The ability to centrally manage and track the status of network devices is vital for anyone who manages a corporate network. If you can’t manage and monitor remote network devices, then a good portion of your budget will inevitably be wasted on unnecessary service calls to faraway network equipment sites. A console server can often monitor network equipment and send alerts when suspect conditions are detected, but when questionable conditions are detected, how should these alerts be delivered?

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A Console Switch that Can Let You Know When a Power Supply Dies

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

One of the major challenges facing all network administrators, is the need to develop a system which will allows them to know immediately when network elements crash and cease to function. If power is lost at a remote network equipment site, how can the network administrator know about the power outage before it takes down the network and users start to complain? The most popular solution to this dilemma, is to make certain that the network includes a secondary, maintenance network and a console switch with appropriate environmental alarms and notification features.

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