[c-nsp] Cisco NCS VxLAN Experience

Brian Turnbow b.turnbow at twt.it
Fri Jan 10 09:52:23 EST 2020


> Broadcom levels the playing field amongst traditional and new vendors.
> If Cisco and Juniper have the same access to Broadcom chips as do newer
> market entrants such as Arista and Arrcus, what are we really paying the
> traditional, expensive vendors for when ordering boxes shipping with the
> same chips across the board?
> Established code in routing protocols from the traditional vendors would be
> quite mature, granted. However, if the limitations in Broadcom chips apply to
> all vendors that use them, no amount of software hackery will fix that. So if
> both Arista and Cisco are struggling to deliver the same features due to a
> limitation in the Broadcom chip, do you want to spend
> 5 times the amount of money to figure that out, or 5 times less?
> The way I see it, new vendors who are investing in off-the-shelf chips
> provide a better commercial option to network operators who don't mind
> such silicon in the short-to-medium (and, perhaps, even long) term because
> those vendors are not encumbered by the days when they made their own
> silicon.

You neglected to mention that they also mostly provide feature parity across the platforms that use that silicon
So box a and box b will do the sames things in the same way, with the same commands.
So  no we at business unit service provider with not allow datacenter features in our boxes...


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