Just a quick question :
If I have a ROUTER with "Advanced Enterprise Services" and I ONLY need Basic IP Connectivity for Data , will a "Enterprise Base" version go faster ?
Sorry for this stipid question , I will attend my CCNA / CCNP Training in October.
Not strange, check attached document.
BTW 100 Mbps is really fast even for 2012.
Thank you for the nice rating and good luck!
This is a very interesting question - absolutely not a stupid one!
It has always been my personal opinion that different feature sets of IOS within a single version do not have different performances. I have not noticed any notable performance differences between different feature sets of a single IOS version for a particular platform. Of course, configuring additional features may slow down the router (think IP Inspect, ZBFW, etc.), but simply having a bloated IOS should not slow the router per se.
What may be worth taking into account is the memory consumption. Fully featured IOSes naturally consume more RAM even if the additional features are not configured. If your required functionality calls for lots of RAM, running the Advanced Enterprise Services will unnecessarily consume the available RAM.
Please do not take my answer here as being definitive. I would like to read opinions of other friends here as well!