Re: Pentium IV router vs. Cisco router
Andrew Miehs wrote:
But the big question is, what should this whole setup look like in 12
months, and does it make sense to invest in expensive cisco
Don't forget - if you do go for cisco, you will need to have a spare
of every card, and chasis, so you will probably need two chasis, 3 or
four interface cards...
If it's going to grow sufficiently, the OP won't be using just one
router. Scaling up isn't the only solution, and different platforms can
be (ab)used for their individual strengths. As such, they may end up
with multiple chassis in service, so the spares load isn't so bad.
In addition, if they design with redundancy, they can take a card
failure and still be operational. If common cards are used throughout
the design, the "spares" could be the redundant path, to be sacrificed
when a spare is needed and until a replacement is gained.
PS: I prefer using real routers, as they can switch packets in their
hardware... You may even want to look at a 26xx as that should
probably be fast enough if you only want 2 ethernets, and are doing
Preferably CEF switching instead of fast switching...