Mark Tinka mark.tinka at
Tue Jun 9 08:28:27 UTC 2020

On 7/Jun/20 00:07, Bryton Herdes wrote:

> However many less horror stories than any of the lower-ends in the ACX line... i.e. 1100.. 

Juniper are meant to be pushing out the ACX710 which is meant to be
better with Broadcom's latest chip sets.

I, generally, don't have much faith in merchant silicon on high-touch
edge routers. Maybe for peering and such, but even then, one would be
pulling (my) teeth.

I just feel that vendors can't reliably compete on merchant silicon
because despite software superiority that may set them apart, the chip
set is the chip set. If one vendor doesn't have it, they probably all
don't have it. So then it boils down to badge-buying, in which case why
pay the premium for a Cisco or Juniper or Nokia badge when I can pay far
less for a new kid on the block using the same chip set?

Fair point, the new kid probably has the least mature software, but then
again, if you are going to save tons of cash on not paying for a premium
badge, in order to get the same chip set, it might make sense to take a
bit of pain and help the new kid grow up, as your bank accounts bleeds
less profusely.


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