Posts Tagged ‘off-site data center’

Keeping Better Track of Conditions at Remote Network Equipment Sites

Monday, December 26th, 2011

When managing network devices located at off-site data centers or in remote equipment cabinets, it isn’t always easy to tell when power to the remote network equipment has been interrupted and restored. Sure, you could always wait for users to complain that a server or router at the remote site didn’t recover correctly, but in a busy corporate network environment a network administrator often needs to be more proactive when it comes to dealing with power interruptions and disrupted network service. It’s pretty easy to tell when power at the remote network equipment site is out completely, but how does one recognize a situation where power momentarily blinks off and then back on again?

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The Console Manager – Vital Help for Remote Network Equipment Sites

Monday, December 12th, 2011

When an important network element located at an off-site data center or remote equipment rack suddenly locks up and refuses to communicate, the last thing you want to do is send a tech team off on a service call, merely to reboot the uncooperative network device or change a few communication parameters. A service call might seem like the obvious solution, but service calls are expensive, and the entire time that you’re waiting for the service team to reach the remote network equipment site, that important network device still refuses to communicate.

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There’s More to Remote Power Management than Just Remote Reboot and Power Switching

Friday, December 9th, 2011

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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Remote Power Management – A Vital Capability for Off-Site Network Equipment Applications

Monday, October 31st, 2011

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.

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A Quality Remote Power Switch Can do a Lot More than Just Remote Reboots

Monday, October 10th, 2011

Most network administrators are fairly familiar with the concept of using a remote power switch to initiate a reboot cycle at a remote network equipment rack. Although the remote reboot capabilities provided by a remote power switch can be a lifesaver when a vital network element at a remote site suddenly locks up, a high quality remote reboot switch can usually do a heck of a lot more than just cycle power Off and back On again; a full-featured remote power switch should also be able to keep you informed about noteworthy conditions and events at off-site data centers and remote network equipment racks.

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Using a Network Power Switch to Keep Tabs on Remote Network Equipment

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Remote network equipment sites always present a unique set of challenges for the network administrator. Due to the distant location of off-site data centers and remote equipment racks, they are obviously more difficult to access than a local equipment rack. This means that not only is it more difficult to perform routine maintenance and troubleshooting functions at a remote equipment site, it’s also more difficult to keep track of potentially harmful conditions and events at the remote site.

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There are Two Ways to Reboot Remote Network Devices – The Hard Way and the Easy Way

Friday, September 9th, 2011

When managing vital network devices located at remote data centers and offsite equipment cabinets, even simple tasks can sometimes prove to be a challenge. Often even routine remedies for common network problems, such as power reboot operations, can take on a whole different dimension due to the remote location of the network equipment site, and the amount of time and trouble that it takes to travel to the site in person. A simple power reboot, that might take two minutes to accomplish on a server or router located at your office, can require days when the server or router is located miles from the central office, at a distant network equipment site or offsite data center.

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The IP Power Switch – A Better Way to Reboot Remote Network Elements

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

One of the most frustrating aspects of managing remote network equipment, is the fact that the very “remoteness” of the equipment often makes it difficult to perform even the simplest of tasks. When a vital network element at a remote site hangs and disrupts communication with the remote site, even a simple power reboot can be a difficult thing to achieve. If that troublesome network device was located at the central office, the cure would be simple: just walk down the hall and flip the power off and back on again. But when an uncooperative network element is located in an offsite data center or remote equipment rack hundreds of miles away, suddenly a power reboot isn’t such a simple solution anymore.

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Remote Power Units Provide a Quick Way to Deal with Network Emergencies

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

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.

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Callback Security – Effective Authentication for Dial-up Out of Band Communication

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

An out of band management (http://www.wti.com/c-45-out-of-band-management.aspx) solution can provide network administrators with a convenient, reliable means to communicate with remote network devices when communication via network is not available. Although out of band communication is a vital element in many remote network equipment management applications, in most cases, out of band management solutions rely on a dial-up modem connection between the administrator and the out of band management unit.

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