Need recommendation on an affordable internet edge router

Tyler Conrad tyler at
Fri May 5 00:55:54 UTC 2017

I use the 7280R in production. Love it.

Pros: Cheap, fantastic API, can take (current) full tables of v4 and v6.
6x100G w 48x1/10G gives lots of flexibility.

Cons: Lack of proper VRF support and minimal bgp address families. (If you
want strict isolation, or can use a separate device for route leaking, they
can still do most of what we want).

On Thursday, May 4, 2017, Ken Chase <math at> wrote:

> anyone have thoughts about/experience with the Arista 7280R / their
> flexroute engine?
> /kc
> On Thu, May 04, 2017 at 08:39:16PM +0000, c b said:
>   >We have a number of internet edge routers across several data centers
> approaching EOL/EOS, and are budgeting for replacements. Like most
> enterprises, we have been Cisco-centric in our routing/switching platforms.
> The ASR1Ks are too small for our needs and the ASR9Ks are prohibitively
> expensive and probably overkill. That being said, our IT staff is willing
> to look at other vendors if they are the right fit.
>   >
>   >
>   >Requirements:
>   >
>   >  *   Can handle full internet tables, both v4 and v6 with room for
> reasonable growth over the next 5 years.
>   >  *   VRF capability.
>   >  *   About 12-ish 10Gb ports and 10-ish 1Gb ports (24-ish total if
> they are 1Gb/10Gb select-rate ports.)
>   >  *   Full-Feature BGP (address-families, communities, peer-groups,
> etc...)
>   >  *   Used by carriers or large enterprises in a production role for at
> least a year (and not causing ulcers)
>   >  *   Affordable. I know that's subjective, but we need a solution that
> is as close as possible to commodity-pricing if this modernization effort
> balloons to include all of our data centers.
>   >
>   >We are open to named vendors and even so-called brite-box solutions. A
> little nervous about fringe solutions like pure whitebox with Quagga, but
> if the savings are there and people can vouch for it, we will consider it.
>   >
>   >In other words, if you've used it and stand by it, we value that input
> and will put it on the initial list. Also, if you chose solution-X after
> comparing it to solution-Y it would be very helpful to detail what you
> tested and why you chose.
>   >
>   >Thanks in advance.
>   >
> --
> Ken Chase - math at <javascript:;> Guelph Canada

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