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RE: Experience with Cybex
From: James Smith <jsmith () dxstorm com>
Date: Fri, 30 Jun 2000 15:15:57 -0400 (EDT)


Oops, social faux pas! :) Here are my finds:

Our criteria are the following:
- A KVM switch system.
- Must support PCs, SUNs, and any serial devices.  (We have several
Cisco's and APC's)
- Must be expandable to large number of devices, for investment
protection.  (We have 17 devices to start off with, and who knows where
we'll end up in the future.)
- Must support multiple users.


I started looking at Cybex, since we have a little 4 port Cybex
already.  The 4040 model looked like it would suit our needs.  We need 6
PC connections with PS/2, 3 Sun connections with video, and 8 serial
connections (2 Suns, 4 Ciscos and 2 APCs).  Since there are 17 devices, we
needed two of the 4040 models, with a communications card in between.  

Then, with some help from this list, I identified other competitors.

I looked at Rose Electronics (www.rosel.com).  Their stuff looked good,
but I couldn't find anything on support for serial devices.  I didn't look
at them further after that.

I also looked at Apex (www.apex.com), but again I didn't see anything for
serial support.  (Besides, their press releases said something about just
finishing a merger with Cybex.)

Raritan has a similar offering to Cybex, with their MX4.  We priced out a
similar configuration and the price of the Raritan was the same as the
Cybex.  (About $12,000 CDN).  

The deciding factor was that since we are expanding, and most of our new
systems are Suns and Ciscos with serial ports, we chose the Cybex.





--
James Smith, CCNA
Chief Network/System Administrator
DXSTORM.COM

http://www.dxstorm.com/

DXSTORM Inc.
2395 Speakman Drive, Suite 2200
Mississauga, ON,  L5K 1B3   CANADA
Tel: 905-822-1957 (email preferred)
Fax: 905-822-0680
1-877-DXSTORM (1-877-397-8676)

"Feeling 'connected' with carbon-based dolts holds all the joy of being
handcuffed to a dead zebra - it sounds special, but it can get old
fast." 

  - The Dilbert Principle 
      - Engineers, Scientists, Programmers and Other Odd People


On Fri, 30 Jun 2000, Jamie Rishaw wrote:

Usually in situations like this when you solicit replies privately from a
list, you post your findings/reply summary to the list.  :)

I'm interested in what you found out.

-jamie


| -----Original Message-----
| From: James Smith [mailto:jsmith () dxstorm com]
| Sent: Thursday, June 29, 2000 10:20 PM
| To: 'nanog () merit edu'
| Subject: Re: Experience with Cybex
| 
| 
| 
| Thank you everyone for all the responses about the Cybex 
| products! :) It
| been a lot of help in justifying the purchase.
| 
| 
| --
| James Smith, CCNA
| Chief Network/System Administrator
| DXSTORM.COM
| 
| http://www.dxstorm.com/
| 
| DXSTORM Inc.
| 2395 Speakman Drive, Suite 2200
| Mississauga, ON,  L5K 1B3   CANADA
| Tel: 905-822-1957 (email preferred)
| Fax: 905-822-0680
| 1-877-DXSTORM (1-877-397-8676)
| 
| "Feeling 'connected' with carbon-based dolts holds all the 
| joy of being
| handcuffed to a dead zebra - it sounds special, but it can get old
| fast." 
| 
|   - The Dilbert Principle 
|       - Engineers, Scientists, Programmers and Other Odd People
| 
| 
| On Wed, 28 Jun 2000, James Smith wrote:
| 
| > 
| > I'm look at purchasing a Cybex KVM switch system (XP4040) and was
| > wondering if anyone had any good or bad experiences to 
| share, or opinions
| > about other similar products.  Is Cybex widely used in NOCs?
| > 
| > 
| > --
| > James Smith, CCNA
| > Chief Network/System Administrator
| > DXSTORM.COM
| > 
| > http://www.dxstorm.com/
| > 
| > DXSTORM Inc.
| > 2395 Speakman Drive, Suite 2200
| > Mississauga, ON,  L5K 1B3   CANADA
| > Tel: 905-822-1957 (email preferred)
| > Fax: 905-822-0680
| > 1-877-DXSTORM (1-877-397-8676)
| > 
| > "Feeling 'connected' with carbon-based dolts holds all the 
| joy of being
| > handcuffed to a dead zebra - it sounds special, but it can get old
| > fast." 
| > 
| >   - The Dilbert Principle 
| >       - Engineers, Scientists, Programmers and Other Odd People
| > 
| > 
| > 
| > 
| 
| 





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