[unisog] Intelligent Patch Panels

Information Security mynetsec at gmail.com
Wed Sep 21 07:05:11 GMT 2005


Thanks a lot Peter.
We have a test lab & port to port interconnections are frequent. 
I think this suits our requirement. 

Regards,
Sandip 

On 9/20/05, Peter Van Epp <vanepp at sfu.ca> wrote:
> 
> On Tue, Sep 20, 2005 at 09:57:29AM +0530, Information Security wrote:
> > 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
> >
> 
> 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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