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Console Servers

On Tue, 18 Sep 2018 at 16:39, Alan Hannan <alan at routingloop.com> wrote:

> Long ago I used Cisco 2511/2611 and was fairly happy.  A little later I used portmaster and was less so.  Recently I've been using Opengear and they work fairly well but the price is fairly high.   I use the CM7100 and IM7100.

Out of curiosity, how do you connect them? I see quotes around
200USD/MRC for ethernet in US, implying 12kUSD 5 year cost on just
connectivity, add rack rental, and power and Opengear price is maybe
10% of TCO?

Personally I still prefer Cisco, as not to have new operating system
to automate. Add conserver to connect persistently to each console
port, so that you get persistent logs from console to your NMS, and so
that you can multiplex your console sessions.
It's hard to recover the CAPEX benefit if you need OOB platform
specific OPEX costs.