"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