Posts Tagged ‘power cycle alarm’

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 Advantages of a Remote Console Server with Monitoring and Alarm Features

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

One of the most common challenges to those who manage remote network equipment sites, is the need to know exactly what’s going on at those remote sites. If an equipment rack is located just down the hall, then checking environmental conditions and communication status is obviously easy, but if that equipment rack is located hundreds or even thousands of miles away, then how can a network administrator know when rack temperatures are too high or power conditions are unstable? A remote console server provides a simple solution to this challenge; in addition to providing out of band access to console port command functions on remote devices, a full-featured remote console server can also help to track events and conditions at remote network equipment sites.

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Using a Serial Switch to Track Power Supply Conditions at Remote Equipment Sites

Sunday, May 15th, 2011

Sometimes, it’s hard to tell when there’s been a temporary power outage at a remote network equipment installation site. A temporary power interruption might seem like its not a big deal, but it’s definitely something that a network administrator should know about. Even if all of the devices at the remote site recovered gracefully after power was restored, a temporary power outage could be a good indication of more power problems in the future. That’s why a serial switch with a power cycle alarm can be such a useful asset for network administrators who are concerned about power supply stability at remote network equipment sites.

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A Server Console Switch with a Power Cycle Alarm Helps to Track Power Conditions at Remote Network Sites

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

The one thing that all server console switch products have in common, is that they provide out of band access to console port command functions on important network elements when your main network is unavailable. But in addition to out of band management applications, a server console switch can also perform other vital functions that can prove very useful to network administrators who manage remote network installation sites. For example, if the server console switch includes a power cycle alarm, this helps administrators to know when power supplies at remote equipment sites become unreliable and might be on the verge of failure.

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A Serial Switch with a Power Cycle Alarm Helps to Manage Remote Network Equipment

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

When power to a serial switch is interrupted, this usually means that power to the rest of the equipment rack has also been interrupted. When power outages occur at remote network sites, network administrators often have no way of knowing about it unless the power outage affects network communication and users complain. Although a serial switch is designed mainly for out of band communication with console ports on remote devices, it can also be useful if the serial switch can notify administrators when power to an equipment rack is temporarily lost.

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A Serial Switch that Can Notify You When Power is Interrupted

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

Sometimes, it’s difficult for a network administrator to know exactly what’s going on at a remote network equipment site. When the power supply to a remote device is interrupted, sometimes an administrator won’t know about it until a user complains or the power loss results in a larger problem. But it doesn’t have to be that way if your remote network equipment site includes a WTI Serial Switch. WTI Serial Switch products include a convenient Power Cycle Alarm that can promptly notify administrators when power is interrupted and then restored.

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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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How are SNMP Traps Used in Console Management Applications?

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

In order to provide network monitoring capabilities, most console management products include the ability to generate alarms when specific conditions are detected. For example, your console management unit might send an alarm when high temperatures are detected, or when communication with an attached device is interrupted. These alarms can be very useful to network administrators, allowing them to address small problems before they turn into big problems … but how can your console management unit let you know when alarm has been generated if your equipment rack is located in Tennessee and your office is located in Oregon?

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Do You Need to Know When Power to Network Devices has Been Interrupted?

Friday, August 27th, 2010

WTI RSM and TSM serial switch products include a power cycle alarm, which can be used to provide notification when power to the serial switch is interrupted for any reason. This may go without saying, but in most cases, when power to your serial switch has been interrupted, this generally means that power to your other rack mount network equipment has been interrupted too.

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