Friday, May 22, 2009

Rumble in the desert

Tom and I just got back from Interop last night. There was a great panel session that I participated in, titled "Is Routing Undergoing a Mid-Life Crisis?" The other panelists were Juniper and Cisco.

Sean Kerner from InternetNews.com happened to be there in the front row and blogged about the session:

http://blog.internetnews.com/skerner/2009/05/open-source-vs-proprietary-rou.html

The short of it is that I basically stated unequivocally (using props as you'll see in the picture in the blog post) that the emperors have no clothes. While Vyatta doesn't do everything and there are still big portions of the market where Cisco and Juniper have good solutions (high-end carrier routing, for example), if Vyatta can do the job for you (in low to upper-mid-range routing and security, for instance), we're a flat-out better solution. (And over time we'll also get to high-end carrier routing. ;-) )

Anyway, I'm going to try to dig up the audio transcript, but many people came up after the session was over to get a free Vyatta CD and told me that they thought this was the best session of the conference.

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