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Re: Zebra/linux device production networking? (summary)

  • From: Jon Lewis
  • Date: Wed Jun 07 13:53:09 2006

On Wed, 7 Jun 2006, Nick Burke wrote:

What about better case situations?* IE:

toe cards
custom kernel
no moving parts (ie: hard drive, maybe fans if possible)
up-to-date software packages with internal coders to fix ugly bugs, etc
actual research into what packages & hardware would be best
I didn't notice anyone mention Imagestream, who sell Linux based routers using a custom distro and no moving parts other than fans. Storage is flash. I've helped a client manage several of them for several years. IMO, they're not bad as CPE, but I don't think we could use them if we wanted to on most of our network. Some of the features we need just aren't available.

As others have mentioned, I wouldn't recommend it unless you have some people very comfortable with Linux and IP routing on Linux on staff.

At one point, they had 4 full BGP feeds going into one Imagestream Gateway router, which is a P4, upgraded to 512MB RAM. With 2 full views now, they have 308MB free. It's an older installation, predating the addition of zebra/quagga to their distro, so it's still running gated_public, which works, but is fairly lacking in BGP knobs.

Jon Lewis | I route
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