The Making of a Router

Ray Soucy rps at
Sat Dec 28 00:13:05 UTC 2013

It seems to be a pretty "hot button" issue, but I feel that modern hardware
is more than capable of pushing packets.  The old wisdom of "only hardware
can do it efficiently" is starting to prove untrue.  10G might still be a
challenge (I haven't tested), but 1G is not even close to being an issue.
 Depending on the target for your deployment, it might make sense to
whitebox a router or firewall instead of spending 20K on it.  Especially if
you're working with any kind of scale.

TL;DR I think the backlash against anything but big iron routing is
becoming an old way of thinking.

On Fri, Dec 27, 2013 at 6:56 PM, Jon Sands <fohdeesha at> wrote:

> On 12/27/2013 4:23 PM, Matt Palmer wrote:
>> There *is* a world outside of Silly Valley, you know... a world where
>> money doesn't flow like a mighty cascade from the benevolent wallets of
>> vulture capitalists, into the waiting arms of every crackpot with an
>> elevator pitch. - Matt
> Yes, and in that world, one should probably not start up a FTTH ISP when
> one has not even budgeted for a router, among a thousand other things. And
> if you must, you should probably figure out your cost breakdown beforehand,
> not after. Baldur, you mention $200k total to move 10gb with Juniper (which
> seems insanely off to me). Look into Brocades CER line, you can move 4x
> 10gbe per chassis for under 12k.
> --
> Jon Sands

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