What Platform for a small ISP (was: Cisco 7600 (7609) as a core BGP router)

Jim Wininger jwininger at indianafiber.net
Wed Jul 22 13:48:04 UTC 2009

What do you consider a "small start-up ISP"? What kind of upstream
connectivity are you considering (or at least falls under the category of
small isp) bandwidht, bgp etc?

On 7/22/09 9:39 AM, "R. Benjamin Kessler" <rbk at mnsginc.com> wrote:

> There has been a lot of good feedback regarding the deficiencies of the
> 7600 platform...
> So, the new question is: what platforms should a small, start-up ISP
> consider when looking to provide Ethernet services to their customers?
> - Scalability - 100M, 1G, 10G access speeds (backplane limitations,
> number of ports per chassis, etc.)
> - MPLS Capabilities
> - QoS Features
> - Ease of configuration and support, etc. (finding NOC talent, scripting
> tools, etc.)
> - Software/Hardware "stability" and "longevity" (we don't want something
> that is brand-new and therefore "buggy" nor do we want something that is
> going EOL next year)
> - Bang for the buck (both acquisition and on-going maintenance and
> support)
> I'm sure I'm missing a lot of things...are there any good presentations
> from previous NANOG meetings that one should review?
> Thanks in advance,
> Ben

Jim Wininger
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