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Re: it's here

  • From: Stephen Sprunk
  • Date: Thu Feb 14 03:33:27 2002

Thus spake "Ron da Silva" <[email protected]>
> BOTH linerate filtering and packet inspection should be part of the
> requirements to sell routing hardware. in case any vendor out
> hasn't heard this directly from us, consider this a clarification of our
> requirements.  And UUnet's...and ??  any other providers want to make sure
> that the vendor community gets the message here?

The people paying the bill often don't have the same concept of requirements
as the engineers.

Don't get me wrong -- I think you're right and all gear should be capable of
line-rate bi-directional filtering (and forwarding for that matter ;).
However, speaking in general terms, when presented with a box that can and a
box that can't, 90% of customers will end up buying the cheaper one, and
that dictates vendors' development priorities.