[rescue] Re: KVM recommendations

Bill Bradford mrbill at mrbill.net
Mon Jan 12 16:14:32 CST 2004

On Tue, Jan 13, 2004 at 11:09:05AM +1300, Gavin Hubbard wrote:
> Something neat I got a few months ago is a "zero-U" Compaq KVM 
> switch (zero-U because there is no external hardware - just cabling) . 
> Basically it is a combined console extender and KVM in the form of PCI 
> cards that are interconnected by UTP. The PCI cards are dumb (they draw 
> only power from the bus - but this means they are platform 
> independent) and have a breakout dongle for connecting to a host 
> system (or another kvm etc). There is one master card and seven slave 
> cards - the master card site in the control workstation and allows 
> console access, while the slaves are daisy-chained via vanilla UTP 
> cabling. 

We had something similar to this in an IBM cluster-in-a-rack we shipped 
back to them (loaner) a month or so ago.  I hated it. 8-(


bill bradford
mrbill at mrbill.net
austin, texas

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