[AusNOG] Juniper vs Cisco vs Brocade - what's best for BGP routing?

Andrew White admin at uberskilled.com
Wed Dec 11 19:15:37 EST 2013

Thanks again guys for all the feedback both off and on list. The
information is great - please keep it coming!

I've gotten some details about the Cisco 7200G2s - any thoughts on these?
Looks like I can get them for a song and a few people have recommended them
to me. They seem to suit my needs pretty well!

Cheers :)

On Wed, Dec 11, 2013 at 5:30 PM, Andrew White <admin at uberskilled.com> wrote:

> Hey guys,
> Wow, thanks for all the replies - both on and off list. There's some
> fantastic ones here and some great information.
> To answer some of the questions:
> My budget is somewhere in the $5-15k range. I can go higher, but I'm not
> super comfortable doing so unless there's a good ROI reason to do so.
> Obviously bang for buck is important, as I'm not a huge business.
> In house support is a good point. I do have a CCNA and have a reasonable
> network topology and interconnectivity understanding - I'd imagine anything
> (as long as it has documentation) I can learn and support over time.
> Throughput is only about 150mbit bursing to 200mbit currently, but
> expansion is definitely planned and future proofing is wanted.
> I'm not sure about picking how many interfaces I need. I guess a couple
> for upstream, a couple for future upstreams, and maybe 4-6 for back into
> the network (for future proofing, I have 2 internal core routers currently).
> There's been a few suggestions of a physical Linux box or Linux VM. What
> would be the advantages/disadvantages of this compared to routing hardware?
> Thanks guys, I really appreciate the great responses!
> Andrew
> On Wed, Dec 11, 2013 at 4:46 PM, Andrew White <admin at uberskilled.com>wrote:
>> Hey guys,
>> I've recently set up my own AS and I'm looking at broadcasting my own
>> BGP. I'm wanting to find some decent hardware at a reasonable price to do
>> so.
>> The same router will also run my servers (about 50 VMs/3 physical boxes)
>> and have to deal with multiple upstream providers (two currently, but more
>> to come at my DC).
>> I also want something that can hold a big BGP routing table.
>> When I was first getting into networking, Cisco was "the big thing". Now
>> I look at the market and Junipers seem really common for the cheaper end of
>> the market. I've seen Brocades too - I think they may be out of my price
>> range, but I'm not sure if they're worth the money or if there's a huge
>> benefit.
>> I've been tossing up over a few Huawei models which are really, really
>> cheap!
>> I don't know a ton about the hardware side of things and I'm sure there
>> are others on the list with a similar level of knowledge to me. I'm happy
>> for any vendor contacts, and I'm sure replies on list would be appreciated
>> for other people to learn about this too!
>> Thanks guys!
>> Andrew
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