Recommended L2 switches for a new IXP

Mike Hammett nanog at
Mon Jan 12 13:07:48 UTC 2015

I look forward to this thread. 

I think one important thing is who is your addressable market size? I'm working with a startup IXP and there's only 20 carriers in the building. A chassis based switch would be silly as there would never be that many people present. 2x 1U switches would be more than plenty in their environment. 

Mike Hammett 
Intelligent Computing Solutions 

----- Original Message -----

From: "Manuel Marín" <mmg at> 
To: nanog at 
Sent: Monday, January 12, 2015 12:35:15 AM 
Subject: Recommended L2 switches for a new IXP 

Dear Nanog community 

We are trying to build a new IXP in some US Metro areas where we have 
multiple POPs and I was wondering what do you recommend for L2 switches. I 
know that some IXPs use Nexus, Brocade, Force10 but I don't personally have 
experience with these switches. It would be great if you can share your 
experience and recommendations. There are so many options that I don't know 
if it makes sense to start with a modular switch (usually expensive because 
the backplane, dual dc, dual CPU, etc) or start with a 1RU high density 
switch that support new protocols like Trill and that supposedly allow you 
to create Ethernet Fabric/Clusters. The requirements are simple, 1G/10G 
ports for exchange participants, 40G/100G for uplinks between switches and 
flow support for statistics and traffic analysis. 

Thank you and have a great day. 


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