Project Hydra: the USB Multiheaded Monster
"This situation got us thinking. It would be really cool to have a dedicated, remotely accessible console server with a lot of serial ports connected to all of our servers. One way to do this would be to use multiport serial cards, but they are comparable in price to serial console switches and have a similar scalability problem. Instead, we figured out how to use the readily available USB bus with USB-to-serial adapters. This solution works well even in our mixed environment, and it is also scalable and inexpensive."
(Submitted by Noel Sat Jul 3, 2004 )
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