[CentOS] [OT] Network switches

Luke S Crawford lsc at prgmr.com
Wed Mar 25 00:04:28 UTC 2009


Rob Townley <rob.townley at gmail.com> writes:

> i would like to see real performance data via something like netperf
> with client machines booted from a standardized LiveCD, then
> peformance under their Linux Distribution and performance under
> Windows.


Performance data is not the most important metric, at least for me.  

For me, the big problem is reliability and security.   My problem with 
used cisco is that getting access to the firmware usually costs more than
the used parts I'm buying... If I'm going to use the thing as a router at the
head of my network, I want to be sure that the thing can be secured, and 
sometimes that requires a firmware update. 

If someone sold support contracts (by support contracts, I mean firmware.
I don't need help, I just need the firmware.) for old switches for
less than the value of the switch, I'd buy.    If someone sold 
switches with open source firmware, I'd buy.  (I've bought myself an 
OpenGear console server instead of a cheaper used cyclades for similar 
reasons.)  



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