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

R. Benjamin Kessler rbk at mnsginc.com
Wed Jul 22 14:57:27 UTC 2009

On 7/22/09 9:48 AM, Jim Wininger <jwininger at indianafiber.net> wrote:

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

two or three upstreams - OC-12 to 1G to each (BGP full tables)
three "POPs" meshed together

>> 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
>> 7600 platform...
>> So, the new question is: what platforms should a small, start-up ISP
>> consider when looking to provide Ethernet services to their
>> - 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,
>> tools, etc.)
>> - Software/Hardware "stability" and "longevity" (we don't want
>> that is brand-new and therefore "buggy" nor do we want something that
>> 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
>> from previous NANOG meetings that one should review?
>> Thanks in advance,
>> Ben

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