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Vyatta anyone ?

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Cisco Subnet over on Network World has an article from Vyatta stating better performance from their product than Ciso’s 2821’s and so forth. Here is my problem with their gear: It runs from a PC! Now I am a big open source kind of person, but I will never run any routers off of PC hardware. PC’s are too prone to failure. So you start to look at 1u servers with all redundant hardware. Which starts to become even more costly. I have had plenty of servers as well that lost motherboards, raid batteries and so forth. Plus if it does crap out on you, are you left reloading the whole OS again? Any guess as to one of the reason I love working with network hardware? My backup and restore consists of “copy start tftp, copy tftp start…”

The last thing I would ever want to worry about is PC/Server hardware on my node ends…


4 Responses to “Vyatta anyone ?”

  1. jon kintner on May 5th, 2008 1:20 pm

    Couldn’t you just use tar with rcp/scp for configuration backups, or dd your drives for backup purposes?

    I’m sure there are some things you could do to a PC to make it a little more resilient (boot from flash drives instead of hard drives).

    Also, incase you haven’t already, have a look at Fubra.com. They are running using mac minis as their border routers running quagga. They seem to be pretty happy with it.

  2. Allan Leinwand on May 6th, 2008 12:54 pm

    Thanks for the post on Vyatta – please let us know what you think of our system. You can save your config offline just like you can in IOS using TFTP or scp.

    @jon – The latest version of Vyatta (VC4) now uses quagga as well.

  3. Carl Yost Jr. on May 6th, 2008 1:05 pm

    I love the Mac Mini setup, My concern though again is pc hardware. The Mac Mini’s are pretty much laptops in those little boxes. I run all my dynamips on mine ported out to live switches and love it.I do get concerned though with the heat in those little units and the hard drive in them.

    One thing they are missing right now is IPv6 support. I am sure though that will be added soon.

    I guess it all comes down to cost and what you are comfortable with!

  4. jon kintner on May 6th, 2008 1:29 pm


    I’ll have to look into that. I’m still at about the CCNP level in regards to my knowledge/experience, but someone suggested playing with Vyatta to gain a better understanding of the protocols themselves, before working towards the CCIE. He said that working with Vyatta for a year or two before his IE prep made a TREMENDOUS difference for him.

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