juniper mx80 vs cisco asr 1000

George Bonser gbonser at
Tue Jan 24 18:24:28 UTC 2012

> We reviewd the MLX against the 7600 and M320 many years ago.
> These days it would be the MLX against the ASR9000 and MX240/480/960.
> It didn't have the feature set we needed, but that was a while back.
> Our national exchange point have been happy with them, using VPLS to
> run the fabric (I think AMS-IX do the same, too).
> But that's a relatively simple deployment.
> I know some large carriers using them extensively, but not intimately
> enough to tell you whether they're really happy or not.
> Mark.

You might get by these days at a peering point with something smaller if you are a smaller network and don't need a lot of 10G.  Something like a Brocade CER-RT series.  A 1U box with 136 Gbps of throughput that will handle 1.5 million v4 routes in FIB and 256k v6 routes.  Sips power, doesn't take up a lot of space, has up to 48 GigE ports but only 2x10G.  If they had a model with 6x10G, it would be a killer little box.

It is basically a 1U MLX.

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