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Take the Trouble Out of Troubleshooting Your Edge Locations

by Teddi Strassburger on April 17, 2019

mcm-itm-na-508x635-f-AvocentACS800withmodemAre you overseeing a large geography with a small IT team? Is your team struggling to manage racks, network closets, and server rooms across multiple sites? If so, you are not alone.

Use cases for edge computing are becoming increasingly common, and local governments, school districts, and businesses of every size are searching for ways to support edge sites with a limited IT staff. Too much time is wasted driving from site to site to power down servers and other equipment, not to mention the security risks that come with staff entering a secure facility to access and reset the equipment in person.

The Vertiv Avocent® ACS 800 serial console solves multiple problems by connecting to your infrastructure support equipment — from rack power distribution units (rPDUs) to your single phase uninterruptible power supply  (UPS) system, to the devices that you choose to connect to the four USB ports —allowing you to view the connected equipment on one dashboard, see errors and issues, and cycle equipment on and off without ever leaving your office. It enables remote access to the network infrastructure components directly so you can investigate, repair, and maintain availability of critical data center resources.

Reduce Security Risks Even as the Network Grows

With the advent of IoT and the dependence on data for virtually every aspect of daily life, we are seeing an increase in the number of IT devices, capabilities, and new opportunities, but also an increase in risk. What’s not growing? The staff managing the equipment. These new “intelligent” capabilities are putting a strain on networks and the professionals who manage them. Every device that connects to your network is a possible access point for well-intentioned or malicious activity.

The Avocent ACS 800 provides Zero Touch Provisioning, allowing IT managers to update firmware and implement custom configurations easily, incrementally, and completely automatically. It allows IT managers to maintain the most up-to-date firmware across the infrastructure, so they can provide the highest levels of security and prevent malicious activity that could negatively affect the network.

EASY-INSTALLATION & COMMISSIONING-510x330Network Down? You Can Still Connect

Even a simple misconfiguration can render the network inaccessible, but not with the Avocent ACS 800. You can access your devices anytime and anywhere, even if the connected network has failed. By connecting an external 4G LTE cellular router, you can still view and maintain your equipment’s status from anywhere in the world. The Avocent ACS 800 provides remote access to connected systems through the network, directly through a telephone line, and wirelessly through a 3G/4G/LTE modem. With the Avocent ACS 800 you have the tools to access your network, wherever and whenever.

With secure in-band and out-of-band network remote management, fast automated configuration with Zero Touch Provisioning, and support for rPDUs, UPS systems such as the Vertiv GXT4 and management software such as Avocent® DSView™, the ACS 800 is built for remote management, environmental monitoring, and power and UPS monitoring and control. 

By connecting to your equipment remotely with the Avocent ACS 800, you can stop driving from site to site, saving time and money and taking the trouble out of troubleshooting.

Topics: vertiv avocent

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