Posts Tagged ‘network management’

A Console Server for Enterprise SNMP Management Applications

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

SNMP compatibility is one of the most common features that network administrators look for when selecting network devices. Due to its low cost, widespread availability and ease of use, SNMP has become largely accepted as the industry standard for managing both large and small network applications. The popularity of SNMP as a management tool for both wide area networks and local networks has compelled network engineers to insist that each element in the network infrastructure provides support for SNMP in order to ensure compatibility with SNMP based network management programs.

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A Good Warranty is Often the Best Indicator of the Quality of a Serial Console Server

Friday, September 16th, 2011

In any network application that requires the management of network elements located at remote equipment sites, a good serial console server can provide network administrators with indispensable tools for monitoring and controlling conditions at the remote site without the need for a human presence at the site. The importance of the functions that are provided by a serial console server makes it doubly important that the serial console server will always be up and running and available for use when it’s needed the most.

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Reboot Remote Network Elements without Expensive Service Calls

Monday, September 12th, 2011

When a vital network element at a remote data center or off-site network equipment cabinet crashes and brings down network communication with it, there should be a better solution to the problem than sending out the service team and then sitting there with no network access while waiting for the service team to travel to the remote site in order to deal with the problem. When network communication is down, the expense of a service call, plus the delay while waiting for the service team to reach the remote equipment cabinet is totally unacceptable … especially in cases where a simple power reboot can correct the problem.

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Does Your Out of Band Management Application Include both RJ45 and DB9 Format Devices?

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

It’s pretty safe to say that most network administrators are already familiar with the communication capabilities that are provided by an out of band management solution. An effective out of band management solution provides administrators with a powerful tool for communicating with remote network devices when normal network communication is down or unavailable. In spite of this though, sometimes a very simple thing, such as cabling format, can stand in the way of implementation of an out of band management solution, even when the value of out of band communication is obvious.

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Why is Out of Band Management Such an Important Element of Modern Network Administration?

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

These days, one of the defining forces of the network industry is the need to accomplish as much as possible with the smallest possible number of employees. Throughout the world, most large corporations are doing their best to automate processes that used to require more human attention in order to cut costs, save money and improve overall network service. This means that network administrators are looking for ways to perform routine maintenance and troubleshooting tasks without relying on onsite employees. As a result, the concept of out of band management has become a key concern in minimizing the need for human presence at remote network equipment sites.

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Diagram Your Network with These Tools

Monday, September 13th, 2010

I haven’t done much network diagramming myself, but this certainly looks like an interesting assortment of tools …

Last week, I featured some user-submitted network diagrams in a gallery that I stumbled upon while trying to get an idea of the diagramming software that is available these days.

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Navigating network gridlock

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

WTI serial console server products and power reboot products provide excellent tools for remote management and control of network elements such as blade servers, firewalls and other devices …

IT teams face a daunting task when it comes to managing increasingly complex network and application environments without a corresponding increase in time or resources.

Every network is like a set of Lego blocks, with interlocked components carefully customized and shaped. While the network may function efficiently in the beginning, over time, it must accommodate new technologies, applications, protocols, and the growing coverage of remote workers, which means even more interlocked pieces. A well-performing network is an absolute requirement for supporting the critical operations of any business, and the primary goal of network management is to ensure that users get the quality of service they expect. The network should be transparent to them – providing the infrastructure needed to conduct business – and should never impair productivity.

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Getting my PC Intune with Microsoft

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

We’re sure to see more of this type of product in the future …

Recently, I signed up for the Windows Intune Public Beta to see what new features had come to the service since the project began. I was also on the TAP program for the project and so far after playing with the new version a bit, I like what I see.

What does it do?

Windows Intune is an update and systems management platform built in the cloud that will allow organizations to manage Windows Updates, plus antivirus and anti-malware definitions on any computers within their environment. Computers managed by the Intune service do not have to be on the corporate network to be managed.

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