Multi-gigabit edge devices as CPE

Tim Raphael raphael.timothy at
Thu Apr 9 01:11:11 UTC 2015

VyOS is a community fork of Vyatta and is still being developed very actively and it pushing ahead with many new features! It's pretty stable too imo.


Tim Raphael

> On 9 Apr 2015, at 8:14 am, Faisal Imtiaz <faisal at> wrote:
> Mikrotik for OS, and Hardware choice would be to use an X86 appliance (Lanner Electronics, Axiomtek etc)
> You should be able to get a cost effective box that will meet your performance requirements.
> As to feature set, while most of them are their you should do some testing to see if feature set meets your requirements.
> Most folks often forget that Mikrotik is OS and they also make Hardware (a variety of sizes for a variety of needs), and the OS can be deployed on standard or custom hardware server or appliances.
> You can always go the 'Custom' Linux Route, using x86 boxes with your own distro, too bad that Vyatta OS took a different route under Brocade..
> Faisal Imtiaz
> Snappy Internet & Telecom
> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: "Daniel Rohan" <drohan at>
>> To: "NANOG" <nanog at>
>> Sent: Wednesday, April 8, 2015 6:46:40 PM
>> Subject: Multi-gigabit edge devices as CPE
>> I work at a state REN and we are seeking a lead for a new edge device for
>> on prem deployment at customer sites.
>> We currently deploy two classes of routers-- a high end and a low end. Both
>> the high end and the low end use some of the standard edge features:
>> MPLS-TE, MBGP, flowspec, vrf, PIM, etc. We deliver full tables over these
>> devices to the customers that need them.
>> We recently finished a new ethernet procurement and have a large number of
>> sites (~200) moving from <1Gbps in bandwidth to 1-10Gb in bandwidth. Our
>> currently deployed low-end router can't handle these speeds and we can't
>> afford to place our high end router at 200+ sites.
>> So, we're looking for a middle tier router to deploy. Something with 2+
>> SFP+ ports, software that can handle the aforementioned features, and
>> something with an API that we can leverage for programmatic management.
>> So far we've not found anything that checks all the boxes. Layer 3 switches
>> seem like obvious choices, but lack some of the features and RIB/FIB we
>> need at the edge. Other devices like the Juniper MX5/10 certainly meet the
>> requirements, but are priced way beyond what we can afford.
>> Any suggestions for devices we might have overlooked? Preferably in the
>> less than 10K per unit price point. If such a magical device exists.
>> -Dan

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