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Comment: Re: Help us Google Fiber! You're our only hope. (Score 1) 568

by laptop006 (#45220753) Attached to: Top US Lobbyist Wants Broadband Data Caps

More like 16Tb per fibre pair in each direction, most of the major commercial vendors (ALU, Infinera, Ciena, etc.) have 4+ Tb systems out.

And long-haul fibres are usually getting towards 372 fibre, even metro rarely goes less than 72 fibre.

Only submarine systems run much lower than that, with a usual limit of 8 or 16 fibres due to the requirements led by inline amplification.

Comment: Re:The problem is (Score 1) 78

by laptop006 (#44444283) Attached to: Alcatel-Lucent Cuts Go Deeper — 7,500 Jobs Gone and Counting

Er, No.

The "big boys" are the IP networks, and have been for years, in practice there's two major vendors (Cisco & Juniper) and a bunch of also-rans that can play somewhat (ALU and Brocade [Foundry]).

ALU kit can run core & transmission, but it's not the top tier kit.

The "big boys" are also migrating wholesale to 100g links as their multi-terabit backbones get painful to manage with trunked 10g links.

Comment: Re:Helps but not a complete solution. (Score 1) 953

by laptop006 (#43524531) Attached to: Some Windows XP Users Can't Afford To Upgrade

That's utterly false.

It's the stateful firewall that's doing that, which is a pre-requisite for some common forms of NAT.

Most, if not all, IPv6 supporting consumer routers by default have a firewall configured on IPv6 with essentially identical semantics to that for v4, allow all out, allow nothing in.

Comment: Re:If Google sold servers... (Score 1) 152

by laptop006 (#41321885) Attached to: Intel Confirms Decline of Server Giants

"bonded/trunked NICs"

Why does that matter? The only justification for bonding with 10g these days is "redundancy" and I've seen many more outages (at a variety of sites) from people failing at bonding than I have from switch failure.

If a machine is that critical the service it runs shouldn't live on a single machine.

Even at my last job where we had a design based on multiple SPOFs we lost machines to PSU or drive/RAID failure several times, but never network, except for the one site that did "redundant" NICs.

Comment: Switches (Score 2) 140

by laptop006 (#40243905) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Enterprise-Grade Linux Networking Hardware?

Pretty most software devices I've seen have either been a rebadged Dell or Supermicro, with the top end running custom cases, and the low end doing whitebox.

In terms of "real" networking kit though, there is a bunch of switches that run linux:

Arista (everything)
Extreme (everything running XOS, which is all current models)
Cisco (everything running IOS XE, the only switch being the 4500-X)

All Juniper devices that run JunOS are FreeBSD, this includes both the EX and QFX switch lines, as well as their SRX firewalls.

Also most of the openflow-aimed switches run Linux, eg http://www.pica8.com/

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