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Indicator to identify fault on opposite end of device.

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000033264D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Dec-02
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Dec-02
Document File: 2 page(s) / 72K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Customers require that their IT systems maintain a high level of operability and availability. When a hardware failure occurs within the IT infrastructure, rapid diagnosis and location of the fault is required so that the failed component can be replaced as quickly as possible. The illumination of LED indicators located on the part that could fail is a common method for guiding the customer to a failed component. Today's IT equipment is typically rack-mounted and therefore has two opposite sides (front and rear) that require service. By using an Indicator to identify fault on the opposite end of a device, the customer is quickly directed to the fault location that is out of their line of sight.

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Indicator to identify fault on opposite end of device .

Customers require that their IT systems maintain a high level of operability and availability. When a hardware failure occurs within the IT infrastructure, rapid diagnosis and location of the fault is required so that the failed component can be replaced as quickly as possible. The illumination of LED indicators located on the part that could fail is a common method for guiding the customer to a failed component. Today's IT equipment is typically rack-mounted and therefore has two opposite sides (front and rear) that require service. Aggravating this problem is the fact that these racks are positioned one against the other forming long rows that are an inconvenience to access and block visual inspections of HW status. (see photo)

By using an Indicator to identify fault on the opposite end of a device, the customer is quickly directed to the fault location that is out of their line of sight. The advantage to this approach is increased speed and efficiency of locating and repairing hardware faults thus reducing down time..

The illustration below shows the illuminated fault LED labeled with the icon pointing to the other side of the enclosure.

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