Postmaster @ vtext.com (or what are best practice to send SMS these days)
Dominic J. Eidson
sauron at the-infinite.org
Wed Apr 16 18:04:32 UTC 2008
My recommendation as of late has been to use WCTP with a TAP backup.
(using qpage at $WORK)
This way you get the faster delivery/rate of WCTP, with an OOB fall-back
should it be needed.
Most pager companies (and presumably many cell providers) provide
interfaces for one/both of the above.
On Wed, 16 Apr 2008, Patrick Shoemaker wrote:
> Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2008 13:33:40 -0400
> From: Patrick Shoemaker <shoemakerp at vectordatasystems.com>
> Cc: nanog at merit.edu
> Subject: Re: Postmaster @ vtext.com (or what are best practice to send SMS
> these days)
> My solution is to use a modem / POTS line hanging off the nagios box along
> with the qpage daemon to send alerts out through a TAP gateway. If you need
> the specs and 800 number for Verizon's TAP gateway I can send it offlist.
> This is important not only to avoid the inconsistency of the vtext email-sms
> gateway but to get an alert out in case of a major network disruption that
> breaks email functionality.
> Patrick Shoemaker
> President, Vector Data Systems LLC
> shoemakerp at vectordatasystems.com
> office: (301) 358-1690 x36
> mobile: (410) 991-5791
> David Ulevitch wrote:
>> We've noticed that 1234567890 at vtext.com is no longer a very reliable form
>> of delivery for alerts from Nagios, et al. It seems as our volume of
>> alerts has risen, our delivery rate has dropped precipitously.
>> We don't expect much trying to actually reach a postmaster for vtext.com
>> so I thought the better question would be to ask what the current best
>> practice is to get SMS alerts out?
>> Back in the day, I remember a company I worked for had something called a
>> TAP gateway. Is that still a good route? I've also been told to check
>> out an SMS gateway/api service called clickatell.com -- anyone using them
>> to delivering timely notifications?
>> Is the best thing to do to try and get a programmable cellphone in a
>> What else are operators doing to get the pages out when things go wonky?
Dominic J. Eidson
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