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RE: Network Routing without Cisco or Juniper?

  • From: Daniel Golding
  • Date: Wed Sep 04 13:24:57 2002

I'm a big fan of both Foundry and Riverstone, as BGP speaking routers. I've
had great luck with both. Foundry has some annoying bugs at first, but these
seem to have been resolved. I recommend both.

- Daniel Golding

> On Wed, 4 Sep 2002, Deepak Jain wrote:
> ::  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?
> ::
> Foundry makes a very good, very stable bgp speaker. I've had them in my
> network alongside cisco's and juniper's for a couple of years now, and
> i've never run into any bgp implementation problems that i would consider
> major. A few annoying bugs here and there, but nothing significantly worse
> than C or J.
> Beyond the fact that not too many people are familiar with foundry's
> gear, I tend to think that foundry has lost face in the service provider
> world for non-bgp related issues. ACL problems and CAM size issues have
> come up in really large installs (multi GBps, hundreds of thousands of
> flows, etc). Foundry is also behind cisco and juniper in features - GRE
> and netflow/sflow come to mind.
> The ACL and CAM issues are supposedly fixed in foundry's jetcore chipset
> boxes, but i haven't seen any of those yet. Sflow is now an option, and
> from what i hear, their implementation is very very good. Overall, foundry
> still makes a good box - when you figure in the cost factor, it becomes a
> great box.
> I've also played with extreme, but the last i checked, they were *way*
> behind foundry/cisco/juniper in terms of their bgp stability and feature
> set. Overall my experience with extreme has not been a pleasant one. I
> know some people who love them however, so who knows. They seem to make
> good/fast layer 2 gear, but i've had some scary results with their layer 3
> stuff.
> -jba
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>  [] :: ::

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