Posts Tagged ‘ping-no-answer alarm’

Console Server Management is More Effective When It Keeps You Informed

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

Console server management can often present a unique challenge, especially when managing remote network elements that are located at off-site data centers and faraway equipment racks. When managing remote devices, it’s often difficult to determine exactly what’s going on at the remote network equipment site, and almost impossible to spot equipment problems before users start to complain about lost services. There are a number of tools that can simplify the task of console server management for remote network elements, but a console server that includes a ping response monitor (or ping-no-answer alarm) is probably one of the most useful.

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An IP Power Switch Should be Able to do More than just On-Demand Reboots

Friday, October 21st, 2011

When a critical network element located at a remote data center locks up and ceases to respond, an IP power switch provides a fast, economical means to reboot that remote network device and get it back up and running again without the need for an expensive service call to the remote site. Although the on-demand power switching and reboot capabilities provided by an IP power switch can truly be a lifesaver in cases like this, a high-quality, full-featured IP power switch can often provide other functions that are just as useful and vital.

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Remote Power Management Units – Faster and More Economical than a Service Call

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

When a critical network element at an offsite data center or remote network equipment site suddenly locks up and disrupts communication, the last thing you want to do is send a tech team out to the site to deal with the troublesome device in person. Sure, a service call is often the most obvious solution, but service calls are also time consuming and expensive. A much better solution for dealing with unresponsive devices at distant network equipment sites, is to install a remote power management unit at the site, that allows you to reboot locked up devices without the expense of a service call or the time that is wasted while waiting for the service team to travel to that offsite data center or remote equipment rack.

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A Console Terminal Server Should do More than Just Provide Out of Band Management

Monday, August 29th, 2011

Most network administrators are fairly familiar with the concept of using a console terminal server to provide secure, reliable out of band management capabilities for offsite data centers and remote network equipment racks. It’s widely accepted that the out of band communication capabilities provided by a console terminal server can help to maximize uptime and cut maintenance costs for remote network equipment, but in addition to providing an avenue for out of band management, a full featured console terminal server product that includes monitoring and alarm capabilities can also help administrators to be kept better informed regarding conditions at distant network equipment installation sites.

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The Ideal Remote Reboot Unit for Your Network Power Management Application

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

There are many factors to take into consideration when selecting a remote reboot unit for an offsite data center or remote network equipment rack. Obviously, an ideal remote reboot solution should provide administrators with the ability to perform remote power switching and reboot functions via IP or dial-up connection, but a high quality remote reboot unit can also perform other power management and monitoring tasks that can help to streamline the process of managing remote network equipment.

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A Remote Power Switch Should do More than Simple Reboot Operations

Friday, August 19th, 2011

Most network administrators already know that a remote power switch (http://www.wti.com/c-1-power-reboot-switches.aspx) can be used to control power reboot and switching functions at remote network equipment sites, but sometimes, administrators need more functionality than simple remote power reboots. A well designed, full featured remote power switch should be able to do more than just provide remote reboot and power control capabilities; a good remote power switch should also be able to monitor rack temperature, current consumption, power supply instability and other factors at remote network equipment installation sites.

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A Console Terminal Server with a Ping Response Alarm Keeps an Eye on Your Network Equipment

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

Wouldn’t it be nice if your console terminal server could automatically notify you when a network device in a remote equipment rack decides to crash or hiccup? When a console terminal server includes a ping response alarm (or ping-no-answer alarm), the console server unit can regularly ping user selected IP addresses, and then provide prompt notification whenever a device at a target IP address fails to respond to a ping command.

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A Ping Response Monitor Can Simplify Console Server Management Applications

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

In most out of band management applications, a console server management unit enables network administrators to establish out of band connections to console ports on remote network elements. This allows administrators to address problems at remote sites without actually traveling to the site in person. Most console server management products provide an excellent tool for dealing with network problems after they occur, but if the console server management unit includes features like a Ping Response Monitor or a Ping-No-Answer alarm, this allows the console server management unit to help administrators to address network problems before they get out of hand.

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Know Exactly What’s Going On Inside Your Equipment Rack

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

All network administrators know the value of including a console server and an out of band management solution in remote network equipment sites. It’s simple; console servers save both time and money by providing an alternative means to contact remote network equipment when your principal network is not available. Remote access is definitely an extremely valuable capability for any network administrator who has to deal with problems at far-away equipment racks … but did you know that WTI console servers can also monitor environmental and operating conditions at remote network sites too?

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A Serial Console Switch with Alarm Notification via SNMP Trap

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

A serial console switch performs many different duties in a network application; it allows out of band access to network devices when your main network is down, it provides a backdoor to configuration and diagnosis functions without interfering with regular network communication, and it can also monitor network devices for potentially harmful environmental conditions and suspicious network events. Alarm and monitoring functions are an extremely useful capability, but only when the console switch includes a means to effectively notify network administrators when a problem is detected.

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