OOB core router connectivity wish list

Charles N Wyble charles-lists at knownelement.com
Thu Jan 10 17:52:43 UTC 2013

I have a Cyclades acs-48 console server. Direct power and Ethernet drop from the ceiling with a public ip. In my subnet, but not through my routers/switches or pdus. Completely out of band, except for relying on colo power/net, which if that's not up then oob is worthless to me anyway.

I have every device hooked to this. Pdus, routers, switches, vm, storage servers.  That allows me to get console and power cycle every device. 

What more would I want? Dialup means I need to be in a place I can hook up a modem. Not too many of those. If I make a configuration mistake,  need to reboot a box etc, I want to be able to access my kit from anywhere with ip connectivity.

If power or network in the colo is down, then oob does me no good, and I have a dr site for that scenario. That dr site also monitors production and emails my sms address. 

Michael Thomas <mike at mtcc.com> wrote:

>On 01/10/2013 07:02 AM, Jared Mauch wrote:
>> On Jan 10, 2013, at 9:51 AM, Mikael Abrahamsson <swmike at swm.pp.se>
>> I certainly want to use something more modern, having run Xmodem to
>load images into devices or net-booted systems with very large images
>in the past…
>> I've seen all sorts of creative ways to do this (e.g.: DSL for OOB,
>3G, private VPLS network via outside carrier).  It is a challenge in
>the modern network space.  Plus I have to figure that 9600 modems are
>going to be harder to find as time goes by.. at some point folks will
>stop making them.
>Isn't the biggest issue here resilience? If you have ethernet/IP as
>OOB mechanism, how sure can you be that it's really "OOB"? This is,
>I'm assuming the fallback for when things are really, really hosed.
>What would happen if you needed to physically get hands into many,
>many pops?

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