Subject: Re: Interest in Broadcom crypto cards?
To: current-users NetBSD <>
From: Blair Sadewitz <>
List: tech-net
Date: 02/19/2007 23:57:03
Aside from power consumption, there is also the issue of physical
volume.  Putting another machine in a rack just to do crypto--even if
you found it on the street--could very well end up costing a lot more
in colocation fees than a crpyto card would.  This is especially true
in parts of the world with government-owned PTTs, etc.  All things
considered, if you have a few crypto cards, the price differential
could scale geometrically.

This is saying nothing about a PC having many more points of failure
than a PCI card.  I doubt that any x86-based machine which is reliable
as a crypto card would save anyone much money.


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