Posts Tagged ‘remote network equipment management’

Out of Band Management – An Alternative Avenue for Communication with Remote Devices

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

One of the most difficult aspects of managing remote network devices is the challenge of communicating with remote network elements when normal network communication is either down or unavailable. When a vital network element at a remote equipment rack crashes and takes network communication down with it, sometimes the only means to address the problem is an expensive service call to the remote site in order to deal with the problem in person. In cases like this, an out of band management unit can provide network administrators with a convenient, reliable means to communicate with remote network elements regardless of whether communication via the main network is viable or not.

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A Serial Console Server Saves Both Time and Money

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

Not too many years ago, the only way to deal with a crashed server or router at a remote network equipment site was to send your tech support team off on a long, expensive road trip to the remote site, and when they finally got there, the problem could often be solved by merely entering a few simple commands via the console port on the remote device. Not only was this type of solution prohibitively expensive, but you were often left without network communication until the tech support team finally arrived at the remote equipment site and took care of the problem. Today, this type of solution to a problem at a remote equipment site has become increasingly rare, thanks to the out of band management capabilities provided by a serial console server.

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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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