Competition for Internap's FCP product.

Rubens Kuhl rubensk at gmail.com
Thu Feb 25 13:23:05 CST 2010


Is your burstable bandwidth cost high enough to pay 100K for a gear
just to meet the commitments ? NAGIOS/CACTI monitoring alerts sent to
someone (which may be hired help from any place in the world) would
probably beat that in cost effectiveness.

The performance requirement is where a line is drawn between manual
configuration and automated BGP manipulation.


Rubens


On Thu, Feb 25, 2010 at 11:08 AM, Drew Weaver <drew.weaver at thenap.com> wrote:
> Hi,
>
> As my Avaya CNA/Route Science box begins to seriously age, and without the support of Avaya for 'Service Provider' uses of the product, I have been looking for alternatives to the product.
>
> The value we get from this product is mainly in the ability to easily manage our bandwidth commitments in a hands off way without having to manually manipulate anything. I have no real illusions that the 'performance' side of things is 'arguable' at best with these sorts of products due to the nature of the Internet.
>
> Internap to me stands out as essentially the only alternative to this product, but they have been tremendously difficult to work with, they won't allow us to demo a unit to see if it offers the same functionality as our current solution. The reason they won't allow us to a demo a unit is because they 'don't stock them'. So basically they have 0 units until someone orders one, that is fine if that is their policy but that hasn't really been our experience with other hardware vendors that want close to 100K for a piece of niche equipment.
>
> My questions are:
>
> -What are other people doing who currently use or used the Avaya/RS product in the past?
> -Does anyone know of any competition in this space (aside from hiring a guy that sits there and does this for us manually)?
> -Has Cisco's OER/PFR made any progress in the last few years (is anyone using it?)
>
> Sorry to disturb,
>
> -Drew
>
>
>




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