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Open Source vs Proprietary Routing Rumble

May 22, 2009, 16:32 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sean Michael Kerner)

"Jonathan Davidson, Director of marketing Edge routing business unit at Cisco explained that Cisco has high availability features that software only solutions like Vyatta cannot provide. Vyatta is an open source Linux based routing solution.

"Roberts then challenged Davidson to say how much it cost to get the high availability features. Initially Davidson did not provide a price but eventually stated that the high availability features were available on a box costing $35,000.

"The networking market now is like the mainframe market of the 1960's with custom hardware," Roberts said. "We need a new world that is more flexible and low cost leveraging off the shelf components.""

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