Force10 Gear - Opinions

Paul Wall pauldotwall at
Thu Sep 4 12:03:47 CDT 2008

On Thu, Sep 4, 2008 at 12:36 PM, Jo Rhett <jrhett at> wrote:
>>>> Linksys, D-Link, SMC, etc are able to pull it off on the layer 3
>>>> switches sold at Fry's for a couple benjamins a pop.  :)
>> I am.  All of these boxes can forward packets at line rate, and list
>> for a fraction of the price of the Force 10 S-Series.
> You and I (and any real network operator) must have different definitions of
> "forward at line rate".

"forwards a gig-e full of 64 byte packets, random src/dst, when you
hook a smartbits/ixia up to it" is mine.  What's yours?

Mind you, this is probably one of the more useless metrics for vendor
selection these days, and nobody has a major problem with it.

Drive Slow,
Paul Wall

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