MPLS/MEF Switches and NIDs
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Thu May 27 11:06:41 UTC 2021
On 5/26/21 12:39 PM, Colton Conor wrote:
> Ciena seems to have multiple options available with Segment Routing,
> MPLS, and streaming telemetry support. I am probably most interested
> in what Ciena has to offer. Has anyone deployed the 3000 or 5000
> product line of Ciena? How does it compare to Juniper? The Ciena 3924
> is sub $1000 for example, and has 4 10G ports on it.
I've used the Ciena 3000 series switches as NIDs a fair bit and have no
real complaints about them aside from TAC being a bit loathe to give out
new versions of SAOS even when the version you've got deployed is going
EOL. I've not used the MPLS functionality mostly because it's a pricey
software license add-on and I can get by without, but the MEF and
associated carrier-oriented Ethernet functionality seems to be pretty
much top notch in terms of feature set, stability, and configurability.
I mostly use the 3928 though partially because the 3924 is new enough it
didn't make it into my standard build-out BOM. The 3928 does also have
redundant PSU (fixed, but there are two) if that matters to you. At
sub-$1000, the 3924 is a good deal in comparison if it'll do what you need.
If you've never used them, you might find the config language a bit
annoying in that it's more Yoda syntax than Cisco, but it's also more
consistent than Cisco (what isn't?), so it's got that going for it.
Documentation is alright. TAC is responsive to inquiries.
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