The limited about of public information available on Broadcom products is frustrating and annoying. Seems I’m not the only person as Ivan Pepelnjak highlights:
So what’s the problem with Broadcom chipsets? We don’t know what the limitations are because they’re hiding the information, and everyone who does know what’s really going on can’t talk about it.
The general sense I have is that no one is happy about Broadcom’s business model of leeping secrets and constant legal threats if anyone shares their proprietary information.
This is a good thing for networking. It provides momentum for projects like the Switch Abstraction Interface that reduce the dependency on a specific switch ASIC by abstracting the software interface.
As Ivan highlights, the Broadcom Tomahawk silicon has many compromises but customers need to know what they are so they can work around them.
Open is normal. Closed is no longer acceptable. Compared with Cavium, Vitesse and others and Broadcom is a not a good partner for the Enterprise.