[unisog] Intelligent Patch Panels

John Stauffacher stauffacher at chapman.edu
Tue Sep 20 21:46:16 GMT 2005


I wish more devices these days came in "mind reading" versions. Itd make 
my job easier.

Peter Van Epp wrote:

>On Tue, Sep 20, 2005 at 09:57:29AM +0530, Information Security wrote:
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>
>>Hi All,
>>Thanks for your feedback.
>>Here are the existing solutions related to Patch Panels. Infact all of them 
>>are excellent products.
>>But none seems to solve our problem. We have testlab of approx. 200 machines 
>>so frequent interconnections is a daily job. 
>>
>>http://www.systimax.com/products/ipatch/
>>
>>http://www.the-edirectory.info/newsitem.asp?EDEV_ID=3&EDNE_ID=444
>>
>>http://www.ecat.rittech.com/ProductShow.asp?id=1129&TemplateID=2
>>
>>http://www.ortronics.com/us/products/
>>
>>http://www.ampnetconnect.com/
>>
>>
>>Regards,
>>Sandip
>>
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>
>	It isn't entirely clear to me what you are looking for. However we were
>just talking with the MRV folks who make a crosspoint switch (with up to 
>300+ ports). We were considering it as a replacement for multiport fibre taps
>(because it is SPFed and can support SM, MM, and copper in the same chassis) for
>monitoring rather than its intended use as a remote patch panel to avoid 
>rolling a person for moves adds and changes. My main concern with this (unlike
>the current taps) are twofold: it isn't passive so a power failure drops the
>connections (but it is on a UPS so that isn't necessarily an issue except as
>another single point of failure and we already have lots of those :-)). Finger 
>trouble on the control panel is my big worry. Unlike the passive taps where I 
>can (and do) get the wrong connection on the sniffer, such a mistake on an 
>active patch panel could disrupt a live connection which is worth considering 
>against a passive tap which can't disrupt the connection (although is more 
>expensive than the switch). Its possible you could use the management software
>to stop this (i.e. you can only move the monitor ports around not disrupt the
>live connections unless you are on a different more powerful account), but we
>haven't looked that far yet, still having free tap ports and no money :-).
>	You would seem to be their main market segment which is test labs that
>need to set up and tear down connections on a regular basis, but I think you
>are looking for the mind reading version of this that knows what two points 
>you want connected and automatically connects them (I don't know that such a
>thing exists though). 
>
>http://www.mrv.com/products/category/crossconnects.php
>
>Peter Van Epp / Operations and Technical Support 
>Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, B.C. Canada
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