that pretty much sets the discussion as to whether you're after
something that can be s/w-forwarding or not ...
first it was the vitalinks, then the bridge gear, then proteon, then cisco AGS,
then 7600VXR, then 7301s....
looking to find the next-gen workhorse ... looking for 4-6yr life expectancy.
pointers(private are ok) are appreciated - as well as -why- you think the
suggested boxen are likely candidates.