Juniper's IPv6 feature licencing (was: Re: PXE booting over IPv6)

Tore Anderson tore at
Thu Feb 14 08:28:56 CET 2013

I've named'n'shamed Juniper on this list a few times for requiring a
licence to run some IPv6 routing protocols on their switches, while
keeping the corresponding IPv4 routing protocols licence-free.

Therefore I think it's only fair that I also let the list know when
there actually is some change for the better. So - starting with JUNOS
12.3, they've rescinded the practise of charging extra for IPv6, and
there is now licencing parity between IPv4 and IPv6:

* Tore Anderson

> * Sander Steffann
>>> Assuming a 24 port C3560-X switch, the GPL cost is:
>>> LAN Base:			$0
>>> IP Base:	C3560X-24-L-S=	$900
>>> IP Services:	C3560X-24-L-E=	$4900
>>> The switch hardware itself (WS-C3560X-24T-L) has a list price of $3400.
>>> I.e. the license to get even base ipv6 L3 functionality (e.g. interface
>>> configuration) costs almost 50% more than the price of the switch.
>>> This seriously sucks.
>> Yes, that sucks enough to buy switches from a different vendor...
> It's not only Cisco:
> If you need RIPng or OSPFv3, the licencing may set you back more than
> the switch hardware and the base licence, depending on which model
> you're buying. AFAICT, the worst cases are the EX3200-24T and the
> EX3300-24T, where the required licenses alone list at 133% of the price
> of the hardware (which includes licences for RIPv2 and OSPFv2).
> Fair enough for BGP and IS-IS, though, as you'll need the same licences
> for both IPv4 and IPv6.
> So while we're all struggling to find a good business case for deploying
> IPv6, our friendly networking vendors are providing us with a solid
> business case against it. Thanks guys....

Tore Anderson

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