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Networks today demand 98%+ uptime. When it's your job to make sure your network equipment is up and running, Black Box Outlet-Managed PDUs can be one of your best friends in the data center.
One of these switched PDUs will keep an eye on your network equipment no matter if you're in the office, across the country, or asleep at home at 3 a.m. You'll know if something is going wrong so you can correct the situation before it turns into a crisis. The PDU will automatically notify you via e-mail, text message, SNMP, or SYSLOG when changes in current levels, temperature, circuit breaker status, and other factors exceed threshold values that you set. This gives you the chance to reboot your rack-mounted equipment when devices aren't responding; disable outlets to reduce current consumption, or even switch on cooling devices to lower the rack/cabinet temperature. You can reboot equipment over the Internet, via a text message, through an external modem, or a local terminal plugged into the RS-232 port. The PDU also features a 10/100BASE-T port for network connections.
Inpidual or group play
One of the best features of these PDUs is the ability to remotely switch one outlet, a group, or a branch, or to switch a whole group of outlets. You can also set the PDU to monitor one outlet, a group, or a branch of outlets.
Sound the alarm
The PDU boasts a robust selection of monitoring features to help you keep tabs on vital network equipment, avoid costly service calls, and maximize uptime. You can customize the PDU to your network by selecting the alarms and setting inpidual thresholds.
Use the PDU to alert you when:
- The temperature gets too high.
- An outlet is on, but the connected device is off.
- The power supply has been interrupted.
- Current consumption increases or decreases.
- An outlet draws excessive current.
- Equipment fails to respond to ping commands.
- Excessive invalid passwords are attempted.
Another great feature of these switched PDUs is that you can set them to respond automatically in case you're not there. Set the parameters for the PDUs to disable outlets to reduce current consumption or to switch on cooling devices. If the current load goes too high, it intelligently sheds load by temporarily shutting down non-essential devices.
You can also set the PDU to ping equipment at set intervals. If the equipment doesn't respond, the PDU automatically reboots the outlets. You can also set alarms in case you lose communications on the ports.
Plus, you can use the PDU to alert you when there are multiple login attempts on the 10/100 network and serial ports. The PDU features SSHv2 encryption, HTTPS/SSL secure Web, and an embedded validation FIPS 140-2 cryptographic module. It also offers multiple methods of remote authentication: LDAP, Kerberos, RADIUS, and TACACS+. Additionally, it has IP address filtering and four levels of security for user accounts with plug-specific password protection.
Go green and save power
Use the Outlet-Managed PDU to conserve energy in the data center by setting scheduled shutdowns to turn off unused equipment during off-hours.
- Remote and timed inpidual outlet switching.
- Switch power on/off for inpidual network devices or for groups of equipment.
- Monitor equipment power and automatically notify you of changes in current levels, circuit breaker status, temperature, unauthorized access attempts, ping response, and more.
- Notifies you via e-mail, text, SNMP, SYSLOG, and audible alarms when user-defined thresholds are exceeded.
- Generate reports with detailed records of current and power consumption.
- Go green - save energy and money by shutting off power to equipment during downtimes.
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