Line rate gigabit router/switch options

Kevin Oberman oberman at es.net
Thu Jul 17 18:57:29 CDT 2008


> Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2008 16:17:12 -0400
> From: "Brant I. Stevens" <branto at branto.com>
> 
> What about a 6524 switch?  Or a Juniper EX 4200?

6524? Sounds like a bit of overkill to me.

As far as the EX4200, it might do the job in a bit, but, as of the
latest JunOS release, too many features are supported for us to use them
as full-function routers. Maybe in a release or two (late this year),
they will be ready. The hardware is most impressive.

Note that they will not handle full routes. I believe that they do about
12K routes, so they may be fine for you application. They do all of the
"standard" protocols, but they don't so MPLS yet. I'm not quite sure
when this will make it into JunOS.

I'm quite impressed with the potential of this box and, as a layer 2
switch, they run very well. Just some serious limitations for layer
3.
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