On 2016-03-22 2:04 AM, James Salsman wrote:
Are the FreeBSD-based pfSense C2758 series in the Foundation's throughput tier?
[...]

That looks like decent mid-range gear, but definitely not the the hardware-supported levels needed to support operations.

What are the current Foundation throughput bandwidth requirements?

Big. :-) I'm not the best one to ask for those details as I've had very little involvement in the networking side of ops; Faidon or Mark would be your best bet there.

But, to be honest, I think this is besides the point: I'm not arguing that specific piece of gear X or Y needs or should not be replaced with a possible FLOSS-only alternative; but that *attempting* to do so is a difficult, expensive, and manpower-hungry endeavor whether you succeed or not.

There are things where that investment is worthwhile - or even necessary. There are other things where doing so is at best a waste of donors' money (especially for one-offs or accessory parts of what the Foundation does that impact how the work is done rather than the projects).

A good example might be our videoconferencing software. The Foundation uses Google Hangouts a lot. Nowadays, for bigger meetings, Bluejeans has been added to the list. At (very) regular interval, someone in engineering does another round of testing of FLOSS videoconferencing alternatives, because it irks many of us that we rely on proprietary solutions - and every time to date the result is that none will work to cover our use cases properly.

In the end, there are three only choices: (a) pick an inexpensive proprietary solution that does the job, (b) make our own (or participate in making it), or (c) do without. When doing without would prevent the staff from doing the job, that doesn't leave very many options.

-- Coren / Marc


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