Low Cost 10G Router

Mark Tinka mark.tinka at seacom.mu
Wed May 20 05:59:04 UTC 2015

On 19/May/15 20:46, Ray Soucy wrote:
> An ASR1K might do the trick, but more likely than not you're looking at an
> ASR9K if you want full tables; I don't have any experience with the 1K
> personally so I can't speak to that.  The ASR 9K is a really great platform
> and is what we use for BGP here, but it's pretty much the opposite of cheap.

The ASR1000 is a very good box, but I tend to prefer them for low-speed
services, which are generally non-Ethernet in nature, e.g., downstream
customers coming in via SDH.

They do support 10Gbps ports, but that is a 1-port SPA; and the most you
can have in today's SIP's (carrier cards) would be 4x 1-port SPA's. So
not very dense.

Their forwarding planes start at 2.5Gbps (fixed) all the way to 200Gbps
(13-slot chassis). But you're more likely to run out of high-speed ports
before you stress a 200Gbps forwarding plane on that chassis.

So if the applications are purely Ethernet, I'd not consider the
ASR1000. But if there is a mix-and-match for Ethernet and non-Ethernet
ports, it's the perfect box. That and the MX104.


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