While most of the lab work I do is with virtualized networking gear, once in a while, I need actual hardware. For instance, to fully explore QoS, hardware is key. Many QoS commands won’t be available to you in a virtual network device. eBay offers lots of older networking gear for pennies or even fractions of a penny of what the gear was worth new. Why so cheap? Mostly, older networking gear is too slow for modern LANs and WANs. That’s a win for learners who don’t care about the speed as long as they can still use the old box to learn the fundamentals of routing and switching. There are caveats to eBay networking gear, though, not unlike buying a used car. Know what you’re getting into.
Eric Flores, community blogger at Packet Pushers, posted this gem about F5 dropping the price of the F5 BIG-IP Virtual Edition for lab license down to $95. In my opinion, F5 is the market leader in load-balancing appliances – what they call “application delivery controllers”. I’ve used F5 gear for many years now, and have […]