Force10 Gear - Opinions
jrhett at netconsonance.com
Mon Aug 25 18:20:01 CDT 2008
On Aug 23, 2008, at 10:52 PM, Paul Wall wrote:
> EANTC did a comprehensive study of the E-series:
Did you read these? They appear to be nonsense. They were bought and
paid for by Cisco, and including nonsense things like "if you leave a
slot open the chassis will burn up" as a decrement, which is also true
in pretty much every big iron vendor. They also deliberately detuned
the force10 configuration. They re-ran the tests using the
recommended configuration and got very different numbers -- which you
can request from them, but they won't publish on the website.
I'm not trying to be a Force10 advocate here (although I like their
stuff) so much as trying to point at an incredibly biased and non-
vendor-neutral report. It is entirely funny the amount they tried to
make nonsensical stuff sound important.
> Comparing list pricing, it looks like Force 10 would have you pay more
> for less features.
Based on what? For E and C series boxes, Cisco is never cheaper. S-
series are a different story.
> As a box designed with the enterprise datacenter in mind, the E-series
> looks to be missing several key service provider features, including
> MPLS and advanced control plane filtering/policing.
Ah, because Cisco does either of these in hardware?
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