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SearchEnterpriseLinux: Linux Routers, Parts 1 & 2

Jul 24, 2003, 08:30 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jan Stafford)

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From Part 1:

Linux and open-source routers are the right fit for any network manager whose motto is, 'Don't fence me in,' according to Tony Mancill, author of 'Linux Routers: A Primer for Network Administrators' from Prentice Hall PTR. In this first installment of a three-part Q&A, Mancill explains the benefits of using Linux routers, suggests tips for choosing the right routers and offers his views of next-generation networking technologies.

"Why did you turn away from using traditional routers?

"Tony Mancill: Traditional router solutions can often fence you in, either in terms of support for new technologies ('No, you have to buy chassis XYZ to use interface B') or in terms of software and features ('This unit will only do X; buy our fancy Y unit if you need Y.') In theory, you should be able to sit down and design a network, work with the vendor to map out a solution, implement it and forget it. However, this isn't the reality for most environments. If things aren't moving and changing constantly, either your business isn't growing, or you're ignoring the advances in technology going on around you. The former can place extraordinary demands on a network admin, especially one who has to work within a budget. The latter is simply the name of the game. If you're upset with the idea of technological change, perhaps network administration isn't a good fit for you..."

Complete Story (Part 1)

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