Software-based Border Router

Curtis Maurand cmaurand at
Wed Sep 29 12:53:25 UTC 2010

I didn't say hardware forwarding.  I said hardware.  They have 
appliances that run up to 3Mpps and support 8000 tunnels.  This is all 
information from their website.  I've been running vyatta on a small 
dual core supermicro shallow box for 455 days without a reboot.  Except 
for the occasional tunnel drop (which I've managed to automate 
restarting that service via a shell script) its been rock solid.  Its 
been as rock solid as the OpenRoute router it replaced and that router 
ran for 10 years.  There are lots of interfaces you can purchase for the 
thing including 10Gbps if you need them.  Some of those might have 
hardware forwarding, they might not.  Running server quality interfaces 
is always better than the cheap little Realtek.  However, those cheap 
little Realteks get it done...reliably.

On 9/28/2010 12:58 PM, Nathan Eisenberg wrote:
> Vyatta has hardware forwarding?  Real hardware forwarding?  Where?
> Best Regards,
> Nathan Eisenberg
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Curtis Maurand [mailto:cmaurand at]
>> Sent: Tuesday, September 28, 2010 5:55 AM
>> To: Heath Jones
>> Cc: nanog at
>> Subject: Re: Software-based Border Router
>>    Vyatta has support contracts.  If you want hardware, they've got that, too.
>> On 9/27/2010 6:48 PM, Heath Jones wrote:
>>> Oh, support contract!!?
>>>> Differences:
>>>> - Hardware forwarding
>>>> - Interface options
>>>> - Port density
>>>> - Redundancy
>>>> - Power consumption
>>>> - Service Provider stuff - MPLS TE? VPLS? VRF??
>>>> Any others?

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