[c-nsp] Cisco 8000

Saku Ytti saku at ytti.fi
Fri Dec 20 01:25:04 EST 2019

On Thu, 19 Dec 2019 at 22:56, Mark Tinka <mark.tinka at seacom.mu> wrote:

> Agreed - the NCS5500 looks like it will be around for quite some time.
> My main concern is the merchant silicon, which, granted, is not as big
> an issue for a pure core use-case than if it were to go into the edge.
> But still, something that keeps me up at night.

I just don't understand this point, both NCS5500 and Cisco8k chips
were essentially designed by the same people, because we call one
'merchant' (what ever that means) and one 'vendor' they somehow become
fundamentally differently positioned?

Cisco is selling SiliconOne/Pacific to facebook/msft et.al. who then
build their own products using the silicon. Hopefully they'd be even
more progressive and sell it to competitors to ensure market has other
options than Jericho.


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