Cost-Effective Gigabit Routing Print E-mail

As network bandwidths continue to increase, so does the demand for higher-capacity routers, firewalls, and other network devices. Unfortunately, as device interface speeds increase, so do equipment costs, particularly for devices from traditional infrastructure vendors such as Cisco. While it is possible to find devices with gigabit interfaces at modest costs, they won't actually forward traffic at anywhere near gigabit rates.

An exception to this problem is Vyatta, the enterprise-grade router that takes advantage of the economics of commodity server hardware to deliver blistering speeds at an economical cost. Vyatta is available as either a complete packaged solution, or as software-only which can be loaded on any standard Intel-type computer hardware. Because it uses standard processors, memory, and network interfaces, it's easy to built high-performance configurations at low cost.

For further information on the cost/performance benefits of Vyatta, please see these articles and application briefs:

Vyatta Delivers Twice the Performance of Cisco at Half the Price
Vyatta Application Brief: Hosted Services
Vyatta 10 Gigabit Open Router Throws Down Gauntlet for Cisco

Besides its cost and performance benefits, Vyatta is also fully-featured and offers full router and firewall functionality including BGP and OSPF routing protocols, client and site-to-site VPN, and stateful filtering, and can be used to build redundant configurations.

How Bayside Networks Can Help

Bayside Networks can assist with all phases of deployment of Vyatta products, from initial concept definition and design, through hardware selection and procurement, installation and configuration, and ongoing maintenance and monitoring. We are happy to take the lead with your project and deliver a completed solution, or to simply supplement and work with your existing staff as they become familiar with the product.

Besides expertise in the Vyatta product, our consultants bring a broad base of experience in network and systems design and support, allowing us to help with integration and cross-platform compatibility issues that inevitably arise in a multi-vendor environment. Because we don’t sell any products or participate in entangling vendor alliances, you can be assured that we will always make the best recommendations based on your needs, rather than simply what we are aligned or most familiar with.

The following are some recent engagements that Bayside Networks consultants have led that highlight the breadth of capabilities that we can offer in conjunction with Vyatta products:

  • Implementation of a multi-homed, fully redundant, BGP-based Internet backbone routing infrastructure for an Internet service and application hosting provider.
  • Configuration of Internet routing and firewall services for a voice-over-IP hosted PBX service provider, including implementation of PCI compliance features.
  • Deployment of a VPN-based wide-area network implementing Vyatta in a WMware virtual environment and interoperating with existing Cisco ASA products.

All of these projects were completed at a fraction of the cost of a traditional vendor solution, yet offer advanced functionality and superior flexibility. If you would like more details on these engagements, or to discuss your own project, please give our office a call.

About Vyatta Open Networking

Vyatta is a relatively new player in the enterprise networking field who provides a network services platform based on Linux and other open-source components. Their software platform, when combined with off-the-shelf computer hardware, forms a formidable solution for many routing, security, and access scenarios, comparing favorably with products from industry stalwarts such as Cisco and Juniper.

Because the Vyatta solution leverages the cost benefits of both the open-source software development model and the x86 (Intel/AMD-based) commodity hardware market, the savings versus traditional network services hardware can be quite dramatic. Add to this cost advantage the support and flexibility benefits of full open-source development, and Vyatta becomes a clear winner for many applications.

The range of solutions applicable to what is essentially a single Vyatta product is extremely broad, ranging from tiny home/small-office access routers to multi-gigabit backbone routers, firewalls, and remote access servers. The consistency of platform and administration across the scale and different types of applications can provide a real support advantage, reducing training requirements.

Besides deployment on stand-alone hardware, Vyatta can also be implemented in a virtual environment, allowing, in many cases, integration of application servers and their associated network and security services in the same piece of hardware. Depending on application, the resulting savings in space and hardware and power costs can be significant.

Further increasing the flexibility and choice in Vyatta deployments are the two different usage models available. Vyatta offers both a freely-available, community-supported edition, and a commercially-supported, subscription-based edition. Both products include the same set of features, differing only on the source of support and updates, and of course, cost.

Free Initial Consultation

If you need support for an existing Vyatta-based environment, or are deploying new services and would like to investigate the benefits Vyatta products may offer, we are happy to offer an initial consultation of up to two hours with no cost or further obligation.

This offer is not for a sales call; you will be teamed up with a qualified Vyatta technician who can offer design and product assistance or provide hands-on support and problem solving. Use these two free hours to judge for yourself the quality and extent of services that we can provide.

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