Building a FreeBSD switch with commodity hardware
scopensource at gmail.com
Thu Jan 24 20:39:55 UTC 2019
First of all I am not a networking wizard so would appreciate a little
help to see if my plan is achievable.
I need a 1U switch to put in a datacentre and due to my familiarity with
FreeBSD I thought building a switch based on FreeBSD would be the
perfect solution but I'm not sure what the hardware requirements would
be. I have 10 to 20 1gbps Ethernet devices to connect to the switch and
a single 1gbps uplink to the rest of the internet.
I'd like to be able to configure VLANs, allocate IPv4 and IPv6 addresses
to individual machines and use FreeBSD as a firewall for the whole
process. I also want to be able to expand my system at a later date if I
need to be able to handle more devices on the local network so I'd need
to be able to hook the two networks together somehow.
What I'm not sure about is what hardware specs I'll need for this. What
kind of CPU and RAM will I require and which Ethernet cards should I
get? This is not a project that requires 100% up time but realiability
is important during certain hours of the day.
I'd appreciate some advice. If you need any more information then let me
know and I'll try and provide it.
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