At NANOG 60 this happened – “￼Help! My Big Expensive Router Is Really Expensive!”
Over the past few years, we’ve seen the data center switch market explode with commodity chips, open source software, and the concepts of SDN. All we have seen in the routing space has been bigger routers that need more power, cooling, and space on a curve that doesn’t match the data center behind it. We seek to explore: A) Why this is the case B) What we can do as network designers and operators to maximize the investment in the platforms we have C) What we can do to ensure we’re not investing in a dying platform D) What alternatives do we have to Big Expensive Routers that are really expensive?
This PDF covers the key points comparing merchant & custom silicon. Great resource for people who are facing the challenge and looking for some information to understand the differences.
Direct Link to PDF: https://www.nanog.org/sites/default/files/wednesday.general.temkin.panel.pdf