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Rack Door Integrated Mechanical Actuator for Physical Button Pressing from Remote Locations

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000176604D
Original Publication Date: 2008-Nov-18
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2008-Nov-18
Document File: 1 page(s) / 23K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

By integrating a mechanical actuator into the rack door, a remote user can log into the rack in which a machine is housed, and indicate that a specific machine's power button (or other types of front panel controls) should be pressed.

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Rack Door Integrated Mechanical Actuator for Physical Button Pressing from Remote Locations

Systems management software allows for a remote administrator to log into a systems management device and reboot the system as needed. A problem occurs, however, when that system, along with its systems management device, becomes unresponsive, thereby leaving an administrator with no means of restarting the system, except to walk up to it and physically press the power button. This may not be possible, however, as many datacenters are distributed over wide geographies.

In a preferred alternative, an administrator would insert a system into a rack containing a rack door with an integrated mechanical actuator. Said mechanical actuator would be capable of slewing over both the x and y axis of the plane of the door. Attached to the slewing mechanics would be a mechanism (e.g. a rod or telescoping arm) for extending into the z-axis, away from the door and towards the systems inside the rack, for depressing buttons on said systems.

Once the rack has been populated, the user will register the locations of the various buttons with a button management software agent (hereafter called the button manager). This software can reside in firmware as part of the actuator controller, or as a separate software agent running on a remote machine. The method for registering the locations of various buttons might involve manually positioning the mechanic...