Vyatta has been out for some time and has been doing a good job at providing open source routing and switching to the masses. They have been besting Cisco in the branch/data center space with a better product and price, now they have brought that to the enterprise and service provider space with the release of the 3500 Series Router/Firewall.
In this blog we are going to take a look at a comparison between Cisco and Vyatta on price and technical specifications, then ask why are companies not saving money with Vyatta?
The Vyatta 3500 Series Router and Firewall:
Up to 3,000,000 packets per second (64-byte packets)
Up to 8,000 simultaneous IPSec VPN tunnels
VPN forwarding at 900Mbps
Up to 20Gbps forwarding performance
Routing, Firewall, VPN, Intrusion Prevention
Hot swap redundant power supplies
4 x 1GbE onboard Ethernet ports
4x PCI Express slots - 16 additional 1GbE or 8 x 10GbE
Let's take a look at some comparison between the Vyatta 3500 Series and the Cisco ASR 1006
Vyatta 3510 Cisco 3510 ASR 1006
$4,595 Base Price $75,000
2 RU Space Required 6 RU
$1,500 Single 10GbE port $20,000
$200 Dual 1GbE port $10,000
$6,295 TOTAL $105,000
Just so people did not think I was picking on the ASR 1006, below we have a few more comparisons
Vyatta 3510 / 3520 Appliance Cisco 7200VXR
Price $4,595 Price - $30,000-$36,000
L3 forwarding: 3,000,000 pps L3 forwarding: 2,000,000 pps
Throughput: 20Gbps VPN forwarding: 260 Mbps
VPN forwarding: 900 Mbps Max VPN tunnels: 5,000
Max VPN tunnels: 8000
Vyatta 3510 / 3520 Appliance Cisco ASA 5550
Price $4,595 Price - $13,500-$60,000
L3 forwarding: 3,000,000 pps L3 forwarding: 600,000 pps
Throughput: 20Gbps VPN forwarding: 425 Mbps
VPN forwarding: 900 Mbps Max VPN tunnels:5,000
Max VPN tunnels: 8000
Vyatta 3510 / 3520 Appliance Cisco ASR 1000 Series
Price $4,595 Price - $50,000-$180,000
L3 forwarding: 3,000,000 pps L3 Forwarding: 4-20,000,00 pps
Throughput: 20Gbps Throughput: 2.5 - 20Gbps
VPN forwarding: 900 Mbps
Max VPN tunnels: 8000
I think the numbers really speak for themselves, but I took it one step beyond that and started to use the product as well as test with a few customers. We used the free version from the Vyatta web site and tested on a small server in the office. Using a VMware workstation with Vyatta loaded on to it, the software worked very well and did not have any problems.
Getting the word out and having that one big win from a large enterprise customer switching from Cisco or Juniper is all Vyatta really needs to prove they belong. Vyatta is joining a good group of open source companies like Asterisk that have moved more into the main stream. But the more interesting part of the Vyatta story is no one has purchased them yet, Cisco and Juniper cannot buy them as then customers would ask for lower prices on routers. A good play that I see would be Riverbed buying Vyatta, if this happened then Riverbed could have its own routing, firewall and vpn appliance running on the RSP Platform. Before you ask; yes it has been testing by me with a customer who wanted to replace all Cisco routers in every branch office. It worked very well in evaluations.
The bottom line is and as I tell all of our customers, ROI is the big decision point when picking any network gear. If you cannot get an ROI on what you buy then don't purchase it. If you can save 4k-50k by using Vyatta over old Cisco gear that you are going to replace soon, then that's a good ROI for any CFO. I would like to see an open test between all routing companies at Interop, see who have the best product for the money. But that will never happen as the large companies have too much to lose.
Larry Chaffin Ph.D is the Chief Executive Officer/Chairman and founder of Pluto Networks, a Consulting and VAR partner specializing in WAN acceleration, VoIP, WLAN, telepresence and security.
Pluto Networks is a Riverbed reseller. Pluto was previously a Cisco reseller but in June, 2010, ended its reseller relationship with the company and is no longer a Cisco channel partner.
Pluto Networks specializes in the needs of small, large and enterprise companies by always giving them a great ROI on the products they sell. Pluto Networks has a presence in 23 countries around the world enabling all of its consultants to be virtual. Larry was a Judge at Interop for the Best of Interop Awards for 2009.
Larry has also co-authored all of the books listed below:
Managing Cisco Secure Networks, Skype Me, Practical VOIP Security, Configuring Check Point NGX VPN-1/Firewall-1,Configuring Juniper Networks NetScreen & SSG Firewalls,Essential Computer Security: Everyone's Guide to Email, Internet, and Wireless Security, How to Cheat at Microsoft Vista Administration, Microsoft Vista for IT Security Professionals, Asterisk Hacking, 2008 VoIP and Video Conferencing, Infosecurity 2008 Threat Analysis and author of Building a VOIP Network with Nortel's MS5100, along with co-authoring/ghost writing eleven other technology books for VIOP, WLAN, security and optical technologies. Larry is currently working on a follow up to Building a VoIP network with Nortel's MCS 5100 Book as well as new books on Cisco Telepresence Networks, Practical VoIP case studies and WAN Acceleration with Riverbed.
Larry also has more than 29 vendor certifications and has been working on many others. Larry has been a principal architect around the world in 22 countries for many Fortune 100 companies designing VoIP, security, wireless and optical networks. He has expanded over time also to include application acceleration. Larry is working with worldwide company now out of Asia as a Special Assistant to the CEO and CIO as they go through organizational and network changes, helping them with strategic advice from his years of experience.
Pluto Networks is a channel partner of, LifeSize, Riverbed, Call Copy, Fastsoft and Symantec.