Current recommendations for 2 x full bgp feed

Support support at
Sat May 7 16:57:05 UTC 2011

On 7 May 2011 at 11:02, Jon Lewis wrote:

> On Sat, 7 May 2011, Support wrote:
> > Can anyone give me their recommendation for current hardware to take 2 x
> > full BGP feeds over 1Gb/s ports with a third Gb port for the local network?
> >
> > I did this about 6/7 years ago with a Cisco 7200VXR NPE300 256MB RAM
> > but I'm guessing things have moved on???
> The NPE300 won't handle full routes anymore or the volume of traffic 
> you're likely to want to move with multiple gig ports.
> You mentioned 3 1gb ports, but not how much traffic you expect to be 
> moving (or what sorts of features you need).  A 7200VXR with NPEG1 or G2 
> might do.  A 6506 with Sup720-3bxl (or better) and a 6408A or 6516-GE-TX 
> (depending on your cabling needs) would easily do it.

We've guestimated around 150Mb/s total transit to start, probably moving 
up to 300Mb/s as a maximum, so nothing too drastic. Minimum is 3 x 1Gb/s 
ports, but will probably want to expand that later and add another two gig 

Feature wise, BGP (and later iBGP with OSPF) is the most important as it's 
a border router. The ability to put access lists in to block unwanted traffic, 
IPv6 capability and trunked VLANs are all desireable.

Thanks to all who have responded so far.


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