Vyatta Trash Talk

4:35 PM -- We've gone almost two weeks since Vyatta Inc. last hammered on Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO). Raise your hand if you're ready for more!

The open-source router company came out with a pair of releases this morning. One described how Vyatta's software whupped Cisco's 7200 router in a Tolly Group test. Another notes that Vyatta can run 10 Gbit/s Ethernet thanks to a Neterion Inc. card. (See Vyatta Scales Up.)

You'll recall that Vyatta offers open-source router code that turns a plain old PC (or quad-core IBM server, in the cases above) into a router.

"We're bringing Moore's Law economics into networking, and Cisco's still working on OPEC economics," says Vyatta CEO Kelly Herrell. I think he's said that before, but $4-a-gallon gas makes it even more of an insult.

The Tolly test is a sequel to a 1-Gbit/s comparison last year that pitted Vyatta against a 2800-series router.

The 10-Gbit/s announcement is a similar upgrade. Vyatta CEO Kelly Herrell fondly remembers being told he'd never get the box to run 1-Gbit/s due to the limitations of PCI. Obviously, Vyatta got around that.

Cisco still doesn't have to worry about Vyatta taking its lunch money, but Vyatta is starting to nibble into some of the more glamorous parts of the business.

— Craig Matsumoto, West Coast Editor, Light Reading

Pete Baldwin 12/5/2012 | 3:45:26 PM
re: Vyatta Trash Talk More disturbing than gas prices: Rising prices of coffee.


Gasoline is important, but with coffee, we're talking about the very substance of life. I sense a crisis approaching.

(Actually the article says it's all about the falling dollar, not about coffee prices inherently, but that kills the joke.)
materialgirl 12/5/2012 | 3:45:25 PM
re: Vyatta Trash Talk While some might take comfort that Vyatta competes at the low end, I still smell fear. The whole "I am going to open my router code" fad comes from somewhere. It smells open source-ish to me. Enterprises are buying int open source and just might be pushing their network vendors that direction too.

Where else would this "I am opening my router code" fad be coming from? Why was CSCO so fast to follow JNPR?
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