Broadcom vs Mellanox based platforms

Chris Grundemann cgrundemann at
Mon Jun 4 16:24:27 UTC 2018

Mellanox commissioned a report along these lines from Tolly in 2016:

Obviously a grain of salt is needed with any commissioned study - but it
will at least point you to some tests and methodologies that you can use...

On Mon, Jun 4, 2018 at 1:41 AM, Kasper Adel <karim.adel at> wrote:

> Hello
> 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.
> Thanks
> Kim


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