Handling the damaging effects of Hurricane Sandy has been tough on companies and consumers alike, when 8.5 million homes and businesses lost power. Additionally, there are still individuals who cannot yet move back home or return to the office – or even worse, perhaps never will. With a string of natural disasters over the last few years, it’s become more essential than ever to consider the importance of remote power management (RPM) solutions, which enable users to shut their equipment down prior to or even during a storm. Outside of natural disasters and storms, RPMs boast countless other key benefits that many may not realize.
In light of this, I was able to speak to Bill Allen, marketing director at Minuteman UPS/Para Systems (News - Alert), who gave me an inside look at what RPMs are, what they can do, how they differ from standard methods and when they are best applied.
“Remote power management solutions, otherwise known as RPMs, allow IT managers, security managers, and telecom managers the ability to securely shut down a device or reboot a locked up device that is located in a remote facility. This can be accomplished by giving one of our two-port, eight-port or 16-port RPMs a static IP address, and then being able to address each individual port to send a shut-down or re-start command,” Allen explains to me.
In the case of a storm, he adds, RPMs allow managers and technicians to be able to “gracefully bring down” their mission-critical equipment from a remote location. Meanwhile, electronic devices are also prone to locking up to component malfunctions. In this case, “An RPM allows the user to quickly and easily respond when a device stops working, and the reboot operation can be performed through any Web browser with a desktop PC, laptop, smartphone or even a tablet. Our RPMs will even send out a notification by way of an email broadcast or text message when a device stops working,” he says.
Remote power management solutions allow the user to handle inconvenient lockdowns or failures from virtually anywhere – whether you’re stuck in traffic down the street or across the country on an important business trip. “Rebooting a device is certainly a fast, easy solution, but this gets a lot more complicated when a system is not conveniently located,” Allen notes.
And what are some questions you should consider when thinking about investing in RPMs? Allen suggests cost and convenience, which play nicely into one another. For example, the cost of a two-port RPM is less than $200, but the cost of sheer, uninterrupted convenience is priceless.
“But beyond the cost issue, there’s the convenience issue. Managing lots of systems and equipment can be a difficult task, especially in some sort of emergency or system lock-up. The question becomes, what’s the value of convenience when it comes to managing hundreds of individual devices? To most IT managers, the value derived from remote power management capabilities far exceeds the cost of the investment,” Allen concludes.
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