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Re: Anyone using?

  • From: Alex P. Rudnev
  • Date: Fri Oct 29 07:34:20 1999

When CISCO announced their new router-switch products, they said _it do
not support BGP in the first versions_. And I had impression _they
positioned this boxes for the corporate networks only_, through I do not
know which corporate network need to keep such _gigabit_ traffic (the only
example I know are video-content--providers and new Voice-over-data
telephone services. 

As a matter of facts, I think they (big router vendors) are moving from
the Internet toward the corporate customers. And this make a free space
for the new router vendors available...

On Fri, 29 Oct 1999, Simon Lockhart wrote:

> Date: Fri, 29 Oct 1999 11:18:44 +0100
> From: Simon Lockhart <[email protected]>
> To: Alex P. Rudnev <[email protected]>
> Cc: Timothy Brown <[email protected]>, [email protected]
> Subject: Re: Anyone using? 
> >Let me change your question a little...
> >
> >Most hw vendors announces now intergared router-switches (CISCO
> >NORTEL, etc); usially it is very fast but limited-features devices.
> >
> >The question - is anyone using such devices in the production networ? In
> >the ISP network?
> We were close to getting some for our network, but were unable to get any 
> hard facts about people who are using them as "backbone" or "border" 
> routers. In the end, we've decided to go with Cisco GSR's.
> The flaws we tended to find were with not enough enough memory to hold 
> full routing tables, or a limit on the number of route entries. Another 
> flaw was mentioned with regard to the route caching - something about 
> needing to hold in table of which IP addresses were on which port (usual 
> switch behaviour).
> Simon
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