I got tired of having to either drive to my office, or call in to have someone hit the reset on whatever server just took a dive. So I started looking for remotely controlled power strips only to find them in the hundreds and most of them require an internet connection and only a few have an option for a dial-in.
This made me wonder, why not build thins with an Arduino, some relay, and give it the option of both ethernet communications as well as a GSM/GPRS module for incoming texts if the network itself is dead.
So in trying to lay this out in my head (so far), I'm thinking of hacking a regular rack mounted power distributor and adding relays on each port. Connect each relay to an Arduino (with appropriate isolation and all). Add both an ethernet as well as a GSM/GPRS module and have the thing listen for incoming messages. For that matter, I can have it check each server as well, and if one of them fails for whatever reason, it can text me and let me know so I can take appropriate action. Can also expand this into the SNMP area.
I can wire this to a UPS so it always has power. If the building loses power, it can let me know that too.
Anything in particular that I need to aware of? Logic that I may have overlooked? Comments, suggestions, calls for sanity checks?