12 thoughts on “Open Source Router Launched”

  1. Erm…

    You know, Quagga and its predecessors have been around for a while (and are humming silently away in many a networking shop where a dedicated box simply wasn’t cost effective).

  2. True on quagga, gated and others. But, how many have a company with support to back them up? Any word on packing this with a rackable PC so I can swap out my costly ciscos?

  3. Hasan, the WRT54g is a consumer product that sells for < $100. The Vyatta product as well as the others mentioned in comments are meant to compete with the Cisco commercial offerings that run proprietary Cisco software like IOS and cost thousands, sometimes many tens of thousands, of dollars.

  4. Vyatta is in a different market to Linksys and similar routers, but don’t underestimate the sheer dynamism of the open source firmware people, and their ability to get Linux router firmware onto virtually any platform. A standard Linksys with 200 MHz MIPS CPU is much faster than many older Cisco customer premises routers, and the software is amazingly capable – VoIP, VPN, firewalling, packet analysis (tcpdump), IPv6, etc, etc. And there’s already a library of installable packages, just like Red Hat or Debian, borrowed from Linux on iPaq efforts. See http://www.dd-wrt.com/ for one of the more popular firmwares with a good configuration GUI.

  5. Open Source wave in Telecom is starting to take off coupling with the open platform momentum in AdvancedTCA, BladeCenter technologies. Redhat recently also announced their solution for telecom.

    However, one of the key attribute in any telco application is carrier-grade or high availability of the system as well as manageability. OpenClovis is a carrier-grade open Source middleware providing such features. You can check them out at http://www.openclovis.org.

  6. Ummm, did I miss something?

    http://www.zebra.org AND http://www.ipinfusion.com/

    Zebra has been around for years (still to do a 1.x release yet though) and has corporate support. I guess no one noticed them because they’re in Japan (ipInfusion and most of the Zebra developers, who are mostly ipInfusion employees).

    So my big question is what is the difference between Vyatta (and Zebra) vs. ipInfusion (and XORP)? Looks like the separator is a capital infusion from major VC backers, geography, and the culture related to the geography.

  7. Hi Guys,

    I have been using Quagga router. Running smooth and as powerful to Cisco 7200. 🙂 So, how will Vyatta position itself compared to Quagga??

    I am interested to know.


  8. Quagga (http://www.quagga.net) is deployed and used for years by many router vendors and big telecom equipment providers. I saw quagga beeing used on network processors that were processing more than 4 Mpps! The smart bit was not powerfull enough, but it seemed that 20 Mpps could be reached.

    FYI, there is a company, 6WIND (http://www.6wind.com), who provides commercial support and maintenance of Quagga. They contribute to quagga too. Moreover, they have many extensions.

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