Software router state of the art

Seth Mattinen sethm at
Mon Jul 28 21:19:50 UTC 2008

michael.dillon at wrote:
>>> Click for instance <>
>> Thanks for being oh-so-helpful with a serious question. Got 
>> any useful answers for me? Give me a vendor that offers your 
>> suggestion. I don't have time for a make-it-myself solution.
> Sorry, but you're in the wrong place. The IP networking consultants
> are over thataway, and if you pay them a nice daily fee they will
> sort out your problem for you.
> But if you want free suggestions, then you'll have to put up with
> half answers, vendor fanboys, and the usual ruckus of NANOG.
> --Michael Dillon
> P.S. that was a serious suggestion up above. If you have an interest
> in software routers, then you should look at it. If you just want to
> buy products then all routers are software routers, most especially 
> the ones that depend on something called IOS or Junos. Focus on the
> capabilities that you need and the prices. Don't try to be pretend to
> be a router designer.

I'm aware of Cisco IOS, then BSD-based and Linux-based platforms that 
are actually sold as routing products. I also know there are a billion 
"yay, router!" things out there. Rather than reinvent the wheel alone, 
nanog has to contain the highest concentration of people that have tried 
various things and already know what will work and what won't work. I'm 
not looking for OS politics, just operational experience from people who 
have access to more money and more hardware than I do to have tried more 


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