Software router state of the art

Joe Greco jgreco at
Fri Jul 25 17:56:04 UTC 2008

> Would you rather deploy a $3000 cisco edge box which is a unexpandable, 
> 100 mbit piece of crap, or throw two $2000 Dell boxes and have a 1 GigE 
> platform?

You don't need two $2000 Dell boxes to get a 1G platform, but this isn't
the list for that.  You also don't need a ton of money to do open source
development (we do one major project here in-house, one that's responsible
for generating a noticeable amount of traffic on most networks).  But this
also isn't the list for that discussion.

I suspect software routing is going to continue to be a growing factor in
the packet herding world, as more people want to do more interesting
things, and the CPU's are able to deal with more, more, more.

... JG
Joe Greco - Network Services - Milwaukee, WI -
"We call it the 'one bite at the apple' rule. Give me one chance [and] then I
won't contact you again." - Direct Marketing Ass'n position on e-mail spam(CNN)
With 24 million small businesses in the US alone, that's way too many apples.

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