out-of-band network experiences
dave at siegelie.com
Wed Nov 28 23:13:49 UTC 2001
On Mon, Nov 05, 2001 at 04:47:31PM -0500, Sean Donelan reportedly typed:
> A few (very few) providers have a dedicated out-of-band management
> network. Generally a frame-relay circuit to a management hub/router
> connected to the async terminal server and low-speed (10 meg) ethernet
> port on some routers. One problem with high-end routers, it is either
> expensive (lost opportunity cost) or impossible to connect low-speed
> circuits to high-end routers.
The Cisco 3640 makes for a nice console server to hook up to your
out of band network. It supports a 32port Async module as well as
10/100 ethernet and T1 WIC (supports Frame Relay, of course). It also
supports E1 for your non-domestic sites.
> Carrier/facility based providers tend to use their own facilities. Yep,
> facility based providers have cut their own facilities in the past,
> including one provider which took their own NOC off-line for most of
> a day.
It's always good to have a backup, even for your management netowrk. When
the Frame Relay network fails, there's always the OOB modem/POTS.
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