Large enterprise networks, like those found in public utilities applications, present many unique challenges when implementing an out-of-band management solution. Due to the sheer size and complexity of most public utilities networks, an effective out-of-band management solution must provide sufficient scalability to meet the needs of both large equipment sites such as data centers and also small equipment sites such as pipeline monitoring stations.
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When a critical network element located at a remote branch office malfunctions and disrupts network communication, an out-of-band management solution allows tech support personnel to address the problem immediately, without the hassles, expenses or delays associated with a physical truck roll or service call. When an effective out-of-band management solution is deployed at a remote branch office, personnel at the NOC can promptly access console port command functions on the remote device or execute a reboot without the need to actually travel to the site in person, minimizing downtime and ensuring that vital network based services are available when needed.
An effective out-of-band management solution for large enterprise network applications must be able to serve the needs of a wide variety of different types of remote network equipment sites. In order to minimize downtime and ensure access to vital services, an out-of-band management solution in a large enterprise network must be able to provide remote power reboot control and console access for critical network elements located at remote data centers, microwave antenna sites, branch offices and many other diverse types of remote installations.
How to Avoid Potential Pitfalls when Implementing an Out-of-Band Management Solution in a Large Enterprise NetworkMonday, August 3rd, 2015
The task of designing an out-of-band management solution for a large enterprise network presents a number of different challenges that are not commonly encountered in smaller scale out-of-band management solutions. In addition to the sheer size and scope involved in large enterprise networks, an effective out-of-band solution must also be able to address many other issues and must include the need to adapt to a variety of different sized remote equipment sites with varying power needs and communication capabilities.
Cellular routers often present an unexpected challenge for many enterprise management programs. Although the enterprise management program can easily find the IP address for the cellular router, many enterprise programs can’t find devices located behind the cellular router due to the use of port forwarding or port address translation (PAT.) WTI’s WMU Enterprise Management Solution solves this problem by providing the ability to search a range of port numbers associated with the router’s IP address.
An effective remote reboot solution enables administrators to restart unresponsive devices at remote sites without the delay or expense of a physical service call or truck roll. If the remote reboot solution also includes out-of-band communication capabilities, then this allows access to remote reboot functions even when normal network communication is unavailable. In most remote reboot applications, a Switched PDU is used to provide remote power switching and reboot capabilities.
In the product development lab, power reboot regression testing provides engineers with a means for detecting product design flaws before releasing a product to market. Although this procedure can be very helpful in working the bugs out of a product before marketing, repetitive power reboot regression testing is also deadly boring and extremely time consuming. One way to streamline the repetitive power reboot test process and eliminate some of the innate tedium of the process, is to use a script-driven PDU to initiate each power reboot cycle.
When working correctly, an Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) provides both system administrators and drivers with a clearer picture of traffic conditions on the road ahead. System administrators can monitor traffic levels and potential problems using devices such traffic cams and inductive loop detection systems, and then pass that information along to drivers via variable message signs and radio alerts. When a malfunctioning Ethernet switch or other networked device at a roadside enclosure disrupts network communication with networked ITS elements, administrators need a reliable switched PDU solution for rebooting devices in remote roadside enclosures, before that network outage results in traffic tie-ups.
Repetitive power reboot regression testing provides product development engineers with a valuable tool for detecting hardware flaws and software buts before releasing a product to the general market. However, as vital as this function is, due to its very nature it’s also an incredibly repetitive task that can often take days or even weeks to complete. One popular solution for relieving some of the tedium of repetitive power reboot regression testing is to automate the process by using scripts to control power reboot and switching functions.