Broadcom vs Mellanox based platforms

Kasper Adel karim.adel at
Mon Jun 4 05:41:25 UTC 2018


I’m asked to evaluate switching platforms that has different forwarding
chips but the same OS.

Assuming these vendors give the same SDK and similar documentation/support,
then what would be comparison points to consider, other than the obvious
(price, features, bps, pps).

I’m thinking, how do i validate their claims about capability to do
leaf/spine arch, ToR/Gateways, telemetry, serviceability, facilities to
troubleshoot packet drops or FIB programming misses, hidden tools...etc

It would be great if anyonw can give some thoughts around it, specially if
you have tried one or both.


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