Friday, May 23, 2008

A post for the informed customer

When considering a major purchase such as a router, it is important to consider the pluses and minuses of the different offerings. So as a public service, here's a rundown of two major manufacturers' offerings.

Cisco ASE 1000 seriesFestool OF 1010, OF 1400, OF 2200, MFK700

Processing power in 1U formatDust collection
High availabilityDepth adjustment
Scalable service intelligenceGuide rail compatibility
Granular real-time policy and traffic managementTool-less changes
Quantum Flow ProcessorRatcheting collet
Scalable and flexible packet processingMMC electronics
Unified firewallEngineering & Design

I was a little disappointed that neither vendor addressed the really important questions posed by average consumers: Does it come in teal or in burgundy? What kinds of questions will you get from TSA when you try to bring on onto an airplane? Which one would reach the ground first when dropped from a second-storey window?

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