Minuteman Literally Puts the Power in Your Hands

March 03, 2014

By Rory J. Thompson - Web Editor

If I want to get a chuckle out of my kids, all I have to do is regale them with tales of what it was like growing up in Grandpa’s house.

“The TV only showed programs in black and white!” I’ll exclaim. “We only had seven channels. And when we wanted to change the channel, we had to walk to the TV and turn a dial to do so!”

At that point these kids – who now have access to most of the modern world’s data in the palm of their hands – figure their old man is starting to lose it, and is making things up. A remote control is part of their lives and they can’t comprehend any technology that doesn’t utilize it.

So when it comes to power management, why should you settle for anything less? That was the thinking behind Minuteman’s RPM, or Remote Power Manager. And according to a new blog by Minuteman Marketing Coordinator Samantha Wade, the power can now be literally in your hands.

“An RPM is an IP-addressable PDU that gives administrators and technicians access to the power of connected servers, network equipment, and security devices via a secure connection,” Wade writes. “An RPM becomes an extremely valuable tool when, for instance, devices are remotely located or not easy to access.”

Wade notes that sometimes technicians have to drive hours to get to a remote location just to reset a device. So imagine being able to perform a task as simple as pressing the reset button on a device from your office… or home. That’s the beauty of an RPM.

Among the benefits of Minuteman’s RPM, you can:

  • Control power to up to 16 devices from anywhere that an Internet connection is present;
  • Receive instant notification when power events or lockups occur, via email or text message;
  • Securely reboot locked devices from a laptop, PC, smartphone, or tablet via a Web browser;
  • Save power with scheduled startups and shutdowns during off-hours, to increase efficiency.

We no longer live in a world of black and white TVs controlled by a dial. So why should you accept less at work?

As Wade says, “In this ‘always on’ world, we can’t afford the downtime it takes to fix remote power problems. That’s where our ‘always connected’ society comes in. By connecting system administrators and technicians with their equipment through their phones, businesses are able to save time, increase productivity and cut cost.”

Sounds like a plan. Now, where did I put my “TV Guide”?

Edited by Alisen Downey