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Re: 10GE router resource
On Mar 26, 2008, at 11:57 AM, <michael.dillon@xxxxxx> wrote:
If I just may share my opinion on this whole Software Router debate.
Even if it is technically feasible to route traffic over a server, I would not hesitate to sound old-fashioned and state that it is not a server's main role, i.e. what it is designed for.
Mainly, I would assume that you'd get the same Network I/O issues with small packets that Disk I/O you would notice in a strictly systems/ server environment.
Most of all, Routing Equipment manufacturers offer more than a physical routing chassis, they offer Hardware and Software support and that I say, is essential - if you want open source in your routing devices, I'd suggest you pick Juniper, their OS is BSDdey - you'll love it, plus they will provide you with support, which good or bad, will be better than none in times where you'll be stuck with an undocumented memory leak of your favorite open source software routers.
It is not about making it work, it is about having it work -all the time-, even if it is more costly, even if YOU have failed troubleshooting a crash, SOMEONE will be forced to help you, by contract.
Risk assessment folks, risk assessment...
Greg VILLAIN Independant Network & Telco Architecture Consultant