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Re: console server wisdom


We find opengear work very nicely. www.opengear.com. Reasonably priced as well.



Dan MacNeil wrote:
Are you looking for a serial or a KVM solution?

I don't have strong feelings. I'm mildly inclined to a serial solution
as it feels like it would be cheaper and simpler. $250 for two 4 port
serial cards and an old PC and a bunch of our time.

Wim Vinckier wrote:
On 5/30/07, Dan MacNeil <dan@thecsl.org> wrote:
It would be nice for us to be able to remotely connect to the console of
 our various servers and on rare occasions to power cycle them remotely.

Does anyone have a 8 port console server they like ?

Console servers seem to be $100 to $200 a port. Does anyone have good
experiences with a few 4 port serial cards in an otherwise unused PC ?

I've seen a clever solution on a beowulf cluster: COM1 of serverX was
connected to COM2 of serverX+1.  COM1 of serverX+1 was connected to
COM2 of serverX+2, ... This way they could at least see the console of
the next server.
I personally have some experience with perle hardware
(http://www.perle.com/) but I don't have any idea about the price.


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