Routers in Data Centers

Marshall Eubanks tme at
Fri Sep 24 15:41:29 UTC 2010

On Sep 24, 2010, at 6:22 AM, Venkatesh Sriram wrote:

> Hi,
> Can somebody educate me on (or pass some pointers) what differentiates
> a router operating and optimized for data centers versus, say a router
> work in the metro ethernet space? What is it thats required for
> routers operating in data centers? High throughput, what else?
> Thanks, Venkatesh

Well, they generally have to be rack mountable. Besides that, I have seen everything from 
tiny Linux boxes to big refrigerator sized units (of course, the latter
may be on the floor). I don't think you are going to find much commonality there, so you
need to refine what it is you want to do. (For example, to move 10 Mbps or 100 Gbps or... ? 
Run BGP or NAT or ... ?)



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