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Re: is there a market for this?
From: Tim Gibson <tim () taggnet skyscape net>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 1997 13:03:47 -0400 (EDT)



On Tue, 22 Jul 1997, Nathan Stratton wrote:

We ran PC routers in our network for a few years. I had one at MAE-East
and MAE-West. I at one point had around 20 in my network, and never had a
hardware problem. We started using Cisco 4000s, but with a vary limited
amount of RAM they did not last long. We then looked at upgrading to the
4500, and also at the 7000. The cost was to much for us at the time. Our
problem was we needed more RAM and processor for BGP, but did not need DS3
speed bandwidth. The PC routers work great, but we eventually needed DS3
and we found that it just would not work well a PC. 

We now use the GRF, it was vary easy for us to make that move, all our
gated configs were just copied over. With the GRF we have the same type
of look and feal of our PC routers, but we now can do OC12.

Funny that you would say how great PC based routers are and then in the 
next paragraph state that you've had to move away from them to the GRF. 
The GRF is a PC based router (P-166 running BSDI and an optimized GATEd). 
The GRF's strength is not it's routing, it's still a PC router, it's 
strength comes from combining a good switch, alot of buffer space, and 
the use of an route engine that is familar. It will be very interesting 
to see a production Cisco 12000 to compare performance on PC vs dedicated 
when an IP switch is in use.

Tim Gibson


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