Posts Tagged ‘out-of-band access’

A Console Server Allows You to Take Care of Problems at Remote Sites without a Service Call

Friday, November 8th, 2013

Service calls to remote network equipment sites are both time consuming and expensive. When an Ethernet switch or other device at a remote equipment site crashes and takes down valuable network services with it, administrators can’t afford to wait for a tech team to arrive on site to correct the problem and restore communication. In order to minimize downtime and cut service costs, many network administrators rely on the out-of-band access capabilities that can be provided by a Console Server.

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Out-of-band Management via Cellular Broadband

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

Implementing an out-of-band management solution is generally a fairly simple proposition … as long as a network cable or land line is available. But in applications where neither a direct network cable or phone line are present, it often takes a little bit of creativity to put together a workable out-of-band management solution. In cases like this, a 3G/4G modem based cellular broadband solution can often serve as a reliable means for out-of-band access to remote network devices.

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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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A Lost Communication Alarm Allows a Server Console Switch to Report Unresponsive Network Devices

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

Sometimes, it’s hard to tell when a device at a remote network equipment site ceases to respond to communication. In cases of remote network equipment, it’s often difficult to determine if a device has hung or frozen until somebody needs to use it … and then it’s often too late. One convenient way to keep track of device status at remote sites, is to choose a server console switch (http://www.wti.com/c-44-server-console-switch.aspx) that includes a lost communication alarm.

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Power Fallback – A Vital Capability for Remote Console Servers in Mission Critical Applications

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Most network administrators who are responsible for the management remote network equipment sites are already familiar with the value and convenience of a remote console server. Considering the importance of the out of band management capabilities that are provided by a remote console server, it makes perfect sense to ensure that the remote console server is always ready to use when it’s needed the most. One way to improve the reliability of an out of band management solution, is to make certain to choose a remote console server unit that includes dual power inlets and power fallback capabilities.

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Out of Band Management Units for Both DB9 and RJ45 Environments

Monday, April 4th, 2011

Adding an out of band management solution to an existing remote network equipment installation doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to re-cable an entire equipment rack in order to provide compatibility with a newer out of band management unit. In order to simplify the process of adding out of band management capabilities to an existing network application that uses older DB9 format cables, some modern out of band management products are available in both DB9 and RJ45 format.

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