Ixia, Juniper going green?


I wonder what impact this would put on other vendors to turn down
their power consumptions and turn, as Juniper and Ixia like to put it
- Green!

BTW, the specs are a little skewed because they're only measuring
power consumption when the router is only forwarding traffic, i.e.,
there is no traffic going to CPU.

Also any idea about the genesis of this ECR initiative
(http://www.ecrinitiative.org/) and what their eventual goal is ?


Going green on your hardware is not necessarily about consumption as it is efficiency and I think that there is much difficulty in showing that on a piece of hardware without relation to capacity, cooling, or some other meaningful output. PUE is reasonable to some extent to measure a facilities efficiency.

Watts per gig or meg seems a reasonable measure for this and Force10 was talking about that ions ago, but I have to wonder why Juniper and IXIA aren't doing this in conjunction with the Green Grid.


I do recall some people bashing Cisco products for their power consumption
at a recent tech event I attended. Granted, that event was Juniper-centric :slight_smile:

Given the economic (rising power and cooling costs) and sometimes logistical (lack of power available in a facility) realities of operating networks and data centers, I'm sure everyone would love for their gear to draw less power. How many watts could actually be saved remains to be seen...


Just saw www.vnl.in

Agreed that they're not making routers, but if a base station can be
made, then am sure some inroads can be made in data comm too .. !