Thursday, January 30, 2014

Groundhog Day for network configuration

Every year, on February 2nd, crowds in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania gather at dawn to witness a rodent pass judgment on just how much longer winter weather will torment the country.

The Bill Murray movie Groundhog Day combined the weirdness of this 127-year tradition with a time loop/karma story where an unpleasant TV weatherman relives the same day until he finally learns his lessons. Each morning he wakes up and the world is exactly the same. Day after day.

This movie meaning of Groundhog Day is similar to an interesting application for Uplogix.

One customer uses Local Management to automatically power down and reset equipment to a baseline configuration on a nightly basis. At night, specific systems are shut down through the CLI and powered off by Uplogix. Then in the morning at a specified time, the systems are powered up and pushed a baseline configuration so they start up the same each morning regardless of changes tested the previous day.

It's the Groundhog Day of network configuration.

Set up by the customer using the rules engine in the Uplogix Control Center and utilizing direct connections to managed devices and a smart PDU, the case study shows a proactive application for Local Management.


For more information, check out the Power Management Solution Brief, available in the Uplogix Resource Center.