We currently use ConnectPort TS16 devices to host 4 serial data inputs to our VM environment, using the Realport protocol. We are researching replacing these devices due to hardware age (5 year refresh cycle) and we are wondering what the differences are between ConnectPort and PortServer? Do they do the same thing? Is one platform older/newer than the other? What platform fits best for our use case?
We are a 911 center, and we have Serial data feeds that need to be mapped to COM ports within the virtual machine, so the application can see and use the data. These feeds are connected to our ConnectPort TS16, and the drivers are installed on 3 servers that load balance the application. Recommendations on the appropriate replacement for our devices and use case are appreciated.