MPLS/MEF Switches and NIDs

Adam Thompson athompson at
Mon May 31 17:44:03 UTC 2021

Extreme has excellent MEF implementations.  I've never used their MPLS implementations, but it's definitely there on, I think, all their products.  I only have the X620 model in my network, which may or may not work for you.  Beware using any EXOS-based product (anything that starts with "X") unless you're already familiar with EXOS!  I cannot emphasise this enough!
Extreme's other product lines come from Nortel/Avaya and Broadcom heritage, and also have good MEF implementations (and more-or-less-sane OSes).  They have MPLS support, but again, no experience with it.
I can't give much advice on pricing as I get both edu & gov discounts, but they are competitive with Arista and Cisco when we go to RFP.

Also, Juniper's MX (and maybe PTX?) families support MEF if that's a hard requirement.  I know some but not all EX switches have had both MEF and MPLS, too.  Beware many EX models have pretty minimalist MPLS implementations (e.g. no VPLS).  Agreed on their pricing, though, which is why I don't have any 🙂.  But for 4x10G the MX104 is a very nice box - if you can afford it.

Lastly, have you seen ?


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Sent: May 26, 2021 11:39
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Subject: MPLS/MEF Switches and NIDs

For MPLS and MEF switches, I know Juniper, Cisco, and Nokia are commonly talked about on this list. However, I was wondering if anyone has evaluated other brands? We are not interested in looking at chinese based vendors, so ZTE and Huawei are not an option. Anyone else worth looking into?

We have used Juniper's ACX line primarily, but there is a big gap in their product line. The ACX2200 has only two 10G ports. The next jump up from there is the ACX710 with 24 10G ports. They have nothing in between that has 4-12 10G ports. Not to mention, Juniper is very proud price wise. We are looking for cost efficient 10G NIDs with at least 4 10G ports on them and aggregation boxes with at least 12 10G ports on them with 25g/100G uplinks.

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.

Adva has quite a few options as well, but I don't think their routing stack is as strong as Ciena's.

Tejas was an unknown player to me, but they seem to have a couple of options that fit the bill. Price wise, I have heard the run circles around everyone.

RAD has some options, but their pricing looks much higher than Ciena.

Accedian looked interesting, but it seems they don't make aggregation switches, only NIDs.

ECI Telecom / Ribbon seems to have some options, but I have not talked to them.

What does Nokia and Cisco have in this space, and price wise is it going to compare to these less known vendors?

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