IP Console Servers enable remote access to and control of all network devices within IT environments, such as serial- and network-connected servers, routers, network switches, KVM switches, firewalls, UPS systems, power distribution units (PDUs) and other devices.
By providing remote in-band (via Ethernet) and out-of-band (via modem/serial port) IP network access, IP Console Servers allow you to consolidate network device management using a local console, network connection or dial-up connection. In addition, you can access all your devices securely using encryptions, remote authentication, multi-level access rights and detailed logging.
Console Servers are usually mounted in rack storage units located in server rooms and data centers that are commonly in remote locations—across campus, in another city, overseas. By providing secure, remote access and control of connected devices, network personnel can benefit from consolidated device management anywhere in the world while reducing operating and equipment costs.
By "IT site", we are referring to any rack enclosure, data center, computer room or storage closet where network equipment exists.
Count the number of network devices you want to monitor and control via console servers.
For example: 12 console port-equipped devices at each of four sites mean that, in all, you need four IP Console Servers (one for each site), with a minimum of 12 ports each.
The Federal Information Processing Standard 140-1 (FIPS 140-1) and its successor FIPS 140-2 are United States Government standards that provide a benchmark for implementing cryptographic software. This is something to consider when configuring console servers and power management software in conjunction with network equipment security.
An ENVIROSENSE module (when used with Tripp Lite Internal or External SNMP/Web Cards) provides remote temperature/humidity monitoring and a dry contact interface to control and monitor alarm, security and telecom devices.
IP Console Servers are designed to support in- and out-of-band access. If you need out-of-band access, you'll also need a modem to connect over a phone line. Select console servers include an internal modem, while others provide a modem port for connection to external modems.
Other features to consider include internal flash memory, a redundant power supply, built-in thin client for enhanced equipment access, and enhanced UPS/PDU Management Software and LAN support.