Low Cost 10G Router

Justin Wilson - MTIN lists at mtin.net
Tue May 19 19:27:28 UTC 2015

I second the Mikrotik recommendation.  You don’t get support like you would with Cisco but it’s a solid product.


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> On May 19, 2015, at 3:16 PM, Keefe John <keefe-af at ethoplex.com> wrote:
> For about $1000 you could get a Mikrotik CCR1036-8G-2S+EM but it only has 2 SFP+ ports.
> http://routerboard.com/CCR1036-8G-2SplusEM
> Keefe
> On 5/19/2015 3:46 PM, Joe Greco wrote:
>>> How cheap is cheap and what performance numbers are you looking for?
>>> About as cheap as you can get:
>>> For about $3,000 you can build a Supermicro OEM system with an 8-core Xeon
>>> E5 V3 and 4-port 10G Intel SFP+ NIC with 8G of RAM running VyOS.  The pro
>>> is that BGP convergence time will be good (better than a 7200 VXR), and
>>> number of tables likely won't be a concern since RAM is cheap.  The con is
>>> that you're not doing things in hardware, so you'll have higher latency,
>>> and your PPS will be lower.
>> What 8 core Xeon E5 v3 would that be?  The 26xx's are hideously pricey,
>> and for a router, you're probably better off with something like a
>> Supermicro X10SRn fsvo "n" with a Xeon E5-1650v3.  Board is typically
>> around $300, 1650 is around $550, so total cost I'm guessing closer to
>> $1500-$2000 that route.
>> The edge you get there is the higher clock on the CPU.  Only six cores
>> and only 15M cache, but 3.5GHz.  The E5-2643v3 is three times the cost
>> for very similar performance specs.  Costwise, E5 single socket is the
>> way to go unless you *need* more.
>> ... JG

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