some odds and ends to get rid of

Dave McGuire mcguire at
Wed Oct 8 11:53:26 CDT 2008

On Oct 7, 2008, at 10:27 PM, Patrick Finnegan wrote:
>>    The 2501 in particular was discontinued in 2003.  The last of the
>> 2500 series, the 2525, was discontinued early last year, but it was a
>> very different (modular) design.
>>    They 68030-based 2500 series was replaced by the PowerPC-based
>> 2600 series.
>>    But as far as being the workhorse...most definitely yes.  They're
>> in datacenters everywhere, and will be for a very long time.  They're
>> capable, reliable, pull little power, generate little heat, and they
>> just plain don't break.
> That's funny, the "workhorse" of all of the datacenters I've seen  
> lately
> are Cisco 6509's and 4948-10GE's, with a few older 3750 and 2950s
> laying around for "legacy" stuff.  I think you're calling
> a "datacenter" what I'd call a "low end wiring closet". :)
> Hmm, I guess my environment has helped influence my hardware  
> collecting
> habits...

   You lead a charmed life, my friend. ;)

   But no, I was speaking more of "business computer rooms" than  
research-class datacenters.  Perhaps I should've been more specific.   
Every now and then, I do some consulting work for small businesses,  
fixing broken network stuff.  I see 2501s in production everywhere,  
terminating T1 lines, that haven't been touched (or rebooted for that  
matter) in a decade.

   If they ever go down, they'll likely be replaced by a cheap DSL  
circuit (for those whose inbound bandwidth requirement outstrips  
their outbound anyway), but most people don't seem to want to fix it  
if it isn't broken.


Dave McGuire
Port Charlotte, FL

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