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Forget WHITE BOX, it's time for JUNK BOX NETWORKING

Ruairi
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Everything comes at a price, and the phrase "pay in peanuts, get monkeys" springs to mind.

Yes, you can get a cheap 10G switch - but what's it buffering like? Feature support? Supportability in production when things go down?

Honestly, it's not helpful to say "A switch for X currency" - we should be talking about price/port and watts/port. Both will give you a better measure of what you're actually looking at. Also, if the port is routed or switched (A routed port will probably be 20x more the cost of a switched port)

I guess it comes down to how often you expect the network to go down, or performance expectations (And if you're running big data or not, as if you are, good luck with cheap switches). These days, I'm finding that expectations for uptime on the network layer is 100% and a corresponding 0% packet loss.

Beer, because that's what cheap switches drive me to.

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