Low Cost 10G Router

Mel Beckman mel at beckman.org
Tue May 19 19:44:53 UTC 2015

I've seen serious, unusual performance bottlenecks in Mikrotik CCR, in some cases not even achieving a gigabit speeds on 10G interfaces. Performance drops more rapidly then Cisco with smaller packet sizes. 

 -mel beckman

> On May 19, 2015, at 12:28 PM, Justin Wilson - MTIN <lists at mtin.net> wrote:
> I second the Mikrotik recommendation.  You don’t get support like you would with Cisco but it’s a solid product.
> Justin
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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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