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Network Routing without Cisco or Juniper?

  • From: Deepak Jain
  • Date: Wed Sep 04 03:41:49 2002

 It has been a long time since I have seen this thread hashed out, 
 so I figured I'd bring it up publicly.
 
 Is anyone comfortable using (in a network with > 5 routers) any 
 non-Cisco or non-Juniper routers for BGP speaking? (Zebra/Gated 
 boxes only count if customer traffic is carried through the device). 
 
 Historically, some networks have been big fans of Gated boxes and 
 such because they were cheap and scalable to a point. Now many 
 BGP speaking platforms are extremely inexpensive (even from CSCO 
 and JNPR). I was wondering if the consensus has changed.
 
 Boxes like Foundry, Extreme, Redback and many others all talk BGP 
 (at least to a first approximation) but is their lack of use in 
 the core/edge/CPE a lack of scale, stability, performance or just 
 interest?
 
 Thanks,
 
 Deepak





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