Brocade MLX Feedback
youssef at 720.fr
Thu Jan 15 08:40:28 UTC 2015
I've been running NetIron (MLXe + CER-RT) for quite some time, mostly happy
with the products.
Of course, there are always some unforseen / silly / nasty things that
still turn one's mind upside down. What we noticed so far :
- ISSU / hitless protocols upgrades : we have been pounding them to get
it right, an RFE has been submitted for quite some time now but it's not
- Support of route reflection for VPLS auto discovery : same as above,
- Adding packet capture (PCAP) capabilities : newly submitted RFE,
- Adding BGP flowspec support : same as above,
Also, BFD is always a little sensitive when the routers' CPU spike even if
it's supported in hardware.
All in all, and from a price/performance perspective, I would still
recommend them if they match your business case (especially CER-RT for
small colo / IP transit / IXP PEs and/or BGP route reflection).
2015-01-14 21:17 GMT+01:00 Jeff Sorrels <jlsorrels at kanren.net>:
> We have several Brocades - including XMR, CER, and CES devices. Their
> convergence is excellent, even with several full v4 and v6 tables, and was
> much faster than other platforms (I'm looking at you MXs...). In terms of
> TCAM and convergence, best bang for the buck as they say.
> One 'gotcha' we discovered: Brocade does not have, as per our last
> discussion with them, BGP FlowSpec on the road map. That was a problem for
> us, but YMMV.
> On 1/14/2015 1:10 PM, Graham Johnston wrote:
>> We are looking at Brocade MLX routers to act as Internet edge routers.
>> They will initially handle two to four full tables, plus peering on an IX.
>> The price is certainly attractive. We are coming from Cisco 7600 series
>> devices. Can anyone comment about their use of them? Are you happy with
>> them? Any gotchas? Particularly we are interested in convergence time to
>> full FIB population.
>> Graham Johnston
>> Network Planner
>> Westman Communications Group
>> johnstong at westmancom.com<mailto:johnstong at westmancom.com>
>> P think green; don't print this email.
> Jeff Sorrels
> Network Administrator
> KanREN, Inc
> jlsorrels at kanren.net
> 785-856-9820, #2
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