[c-nsp] Cisco NCS VxLAN Experience

adamv0025 at netconsultings.com adamv0025 at netconsultings.com
Fri Jan 17 10:24:26 EST 2020

> Mark Tinka
> Sent: Friday, January 10, 2020 11:38 AM
> 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?

Now I guess the underlying assumption is that all vendors just take the of the shelf chip and plug it as is inside their box of choice.
But I think that's not quite the case, as each network gear vendor works with chip vendors on various customization even adding custom peripherals etc.. experimenting with the chip u-code... 
So yes, while at the core the bare silicon is the same the differences in u-code and peripherals might make it into quite a distinct products in the end.
And I'd guess the cost is somewhat proportional to the RND spent on developing the particular solution?


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