[c-nsp] GE bundles: 7200 vs. 7300 vs. 7600

Kristian Larsson kristian at juniks.net
Wed Feb 1 15:43:04 EST 2006

On Wed, Feb 01, 2006 at 04:17:31PM +0000, Kristofer Sigurdsson wrote:
> Hi,
> 2006/2/1, Emanuel Popa <emanuel.popa at gmail.com>:
> > Hi,
> >
> > If you need a router from Cisco that:
> > - has at least three gigabit ethernet interfaces (SFP or GBIC)
> > - supports OSPF, BGP, MPLS
> > what would you choose and why from the following list:
> > - CISCO7301 (3GE /w SFP, 256MB mem, 64MB flash) for $18,000
> > - 7206VXR/NPE-G1 (3GE /w GBIC, 256MB mem, 64MB flash) for $22,000
> These two are basically the same thing.  If you expect adding more
> interface cards or
> want to upgrade to a later NPE sometime later, take the 7206VXR,
> otherwise, go for the
> 1RU 7301.
> > - 7604-S323B-8G-P (8GE /w SFP, 256MB baseboard-mem, 256MB MSFC-mem, 256MB
> > flash) for $16.000 (req. ADVANCED IP IOS - $10,000)
> Beware, the 7600's have a lot of throughput, but it is a L3 switch and
> isn't as versatile as the 7200/7301.  For this functionality,
> MPLS/BGP, etc., you might want to consider the Sup720-3B(XL).
> In all of these cases, I'd take at least 512 MB of memory for full BGP
> tables.  If you don't need the throughput of the 7600's, taking the
> 7200/7301 instead will give you more options.
There's also the 7304 which, bundled with a
NSE-100, is quite a little beast. Features
hardware forwarding (unlike the NPE-G1 based
7206VXR/7301) for most things. So it's somewhere
between vxr and 7600.

A NPE-G1 can not handle a DoS attack at wire-speed
gigg. The 7304 can keep with a gigg at minsize
packets. You can add more interfaces though but
you won't be able to run them at wire-speed.


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