A couple of days ago I got an idea for a new kind of networking site. The idea is to do something similar to dpreview.com but for network products.
I work a lot on network designs these days and part of the design is always what device to choose. Maybe I need a product that does NAT, IPSEC, 200 Mbit/s of throughput and has at least 4 ports. This is the kind of knowledge that you get from working on design and staying up to date with products from different vendors. There is not a community for people where they can find a broad range of products and get help choosing the right one based on different search criteria such as number of ports, features and the throughput.
What I would like to do as well is to have people write about the products. The product page said 200 Mbit/s but I got 500 Mbit/s with IMIX traffic. After enabling IPSEC I only got 80 Mbit/s. These kind of figures are very difficult to find. There could then be some kind of rating or voting system to rate if the post is helpful to sort out if people are posting misleading information.
I would also like to build a community where we exchange experiences on the products. Are the buffers too small? Can we alter QoS settings to help with the small buffers?
There would be a page linking to data sheets, presentations from conferences or other useful links on the products and also probably some kind of forums.
People could contribute with articles on Netflow, performance testing, how to setup a Netflow collector, how to use Spirent or other equivalent products. A lot of this relates to network performance but that would not be the only use for such a networking site.
I think we have a possibility to build something great but the problem is I have no experience with web design and to build an appropriate platform for this. I’m not sure what it could be based on? WordPress? Drupal? Wiki?
Either I need to find someone with web design and coding skills (and time) to help with this or try to crowd fund it in some way to pay a company to help with the design and development of the site.
Maybe I’m the only one wanting this? Maybe I’m crazy? 🙂 Please give me feedback if you want to see this happen and how you could contribute to it through either putting in your time and/or money into it.
Appreciate any feedback you guys have for me!