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Re: workhorse of the future...
From: bmanning () vacation karoshi com
Date: Wed, 11 Jan 2006 23:17:56 +0000

On Thu, Jan 12, 2006 at 09:56:33AM +1100, Lincoln Dale wrote:

alas, i think the days of being able to deploy one type of "god box" 
swiss-army-knife router are passing.

        that is too true...  some misty-eyed moments for the demise
        of chaosnet support ... 

depending on what it is that the router is planned to be "doing" defines 
its PPS requirements & what speeds/feeds you need to run various 
features at.

from http://www.merit.edu/mail.archives/nanog/2005-09/msg00635.html can 
you classify what functionality you see yourself as needing?

        nice list, but incomplete.  while the pace of innovation
        has slowed, O&M "features" have grown, and a raw desire to
        keep up the ROI by pandering to the idol of convergence have
        not kept me aware of the fact that NEW, UNEXPECTED events
        will place demands on my boxen for the forseeable future - and
        a s/w driven box has more resilience in that vector.

that pretty much sets the discussion as to whether you're after 
something that can be s/w-forwarding or not ...

        i guess i was hoping for some kind soul to provide some insight
        as to other factors that may be "sea-change" events to the routing
        system in the next 48-60month horizon.  IPv6 table size, on-board
        key/sig mgmt/computation are TWO...  are there others?




bmanning () vacation karoshi com wrote:

first it was the vitalinks, then the bridge gear, then proteon, then cisco 
then 7600VXR, then 7301s....

looking to find the next-gen workhorse ... looking for 4-6yr life 
pointers(private are ok) are appreciated - as well as -why- you think the
suggested boxen are likely candidates.


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