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Michael Redinger Michael.Redinger@uibk.ac.at
Wed, 18 Aug 2004 02:03:41 -0700 (PDT)
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nathan r. hruby wrote: | On Tue, 17 Aug 2004, Michael Redinger wrote: | |> -----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE----- |> Hash: SHA1 |> |> Hello, |> |> has anyone tested the Comtrol RocketPort uPCI 32-port card with |> conserver? |> I am planning to use 2 of these cards in a 1U server and use it as |> console server. |> |> Or are there any other uPCI cards which support at least 32 Ports (1U |> rack mounted)? |> I know the Cyclades-Y series card, but it is only available as 32-bit |> PCI card (not uPCI) - this means that I would not be able to put 2 of |> them in our 1U servers. |> (Yes, there is the Perle RIO, but the rack mount concentrators only have |> 16 ports, and it is more expensive.) |> | | The Ze cards (PCI only) support up to 64 ports per card, with the gotcha | that each 16 port breakout box consumes and additional 1U and you need to | buy an additional power supply for the 3rd and 4th breakout boxes.
Same problem as with the Y series - it is PCI only. I do not know any modern 1U server where you can use 2 PCI cards (2 uPCI are ok).
| FWIW, I'm happy with my Ze's as well as my TS's. What particular problems | have you had?
Well, I did not have any particular problems - it's just that a solution using a standard Linux server and console seems much better ... The TS are slow (especially the ssh connections) and too expensive. I had to write some (very strange) scripts to get a functionality similar to a "normal" Linux box (eg. for log rotation) and it lacks many standard tools (I do not want to have to cross-compile every little utility myself). Conserver also seems much better regarding the core console functionality and it seems easier to manage. Ever tried to find out to which of your 5 console servers a particular host is attached? I wrote some scripts to do this (that was before I heard of conserver). Of course I will still use our existing console servers (integrating them with conserver seems easy enough), but for a new system conserver + ~ 1U server + 2 RocketPort 32-port cards seems to be the better solution.
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