10gbps peering subscriber switch recommendation

Aled Morris aledm at qix.co.uk
Mon Jan 6 18:24:19 UTC 2014

On 6 January 2014 17:57, randal k <nanog at data102.com> wrote:

> Good morning,
> We're in the market to move our IX peering off of our core (too much
> BGP/CPU :-/ ) and onto a dedicated switch.
> Anybody have a recommendation on a switch that can do the following
> without costing a fortune? I have scoured Cisco, and bang for the buck
> is ... ASR9k (way over powered for handling zero-feature IX traffic),
> 3-8x 10gbps ports
> 64k routes minimum, preferably 128k
> Must be able to speak BGP
> Native/functional IPv6 would be sharp!
> Basic QoS to police our ports
> The prefix count seems to be the killer, as our exchange table is
> getting pretty big (42k+ currently). I'm really tempted to build a
> vyatta box or similar, but would rather do something off the shelf --
> especially if it can be 1-2 gens old and cost effective.
If you don't need to carry a full Internet table, the Cisco 4500-X has
plenty of features and the 32 port model can accommodate 256k IPv4 routes.
 It also does IPv6 in hardware (128k routes)


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