MPLS/MEF Switches and NIDs

Colton Conor colton.conor at
Fri May 28 13:31:25 UTC 2021

I am going to have to reach out to Nokia and talk to them about their
products then. In the past when I have talked to Nokia their products have
a low upfront cost, but then they license you to death and were worse than
Cisco from what I remember.

On Thu, May 27, 2021 at 8:27 AM Thomas Scott <mr.thomas.scott at>

> Second vote for the Nokia 7200 line, their price points are hard to beat.
> The 7250 was originally designed (per the Nokia reps I've talked to) to be
> a data center switch, but I've seen more than one MSO deploy them in the
> field to great effect. They also make fantastic satellite boxes for their
> 7750 chassis. The 7210 is definitely older, but is a fantastic little MPLS
> PE router.
> SRoS is also easy to pickup, considering it was written by ex-Juniper and
> Cisco employees (TiMetra/TiMos if I recall correctly?)
> - Thomas Scott | mr.thomas.scott at
> On Thu, May 27, 2021 at 7:10 AM Brandon Martin <lists.nanog at>
> wrote:
>> 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.
>> --
>> Brandon Martin
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