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Core switch recommendation with 40G ports?
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Core switch recommendation with 40G ports?

Looking for two core switches for a few racks to be connected to MX204.
I was thinking of QFX5100-24Q. What are your recommendation?

~cheers

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  • FranciscoFrancisco Top Host, Host Rep, Veteran

    A MX204 is not a switch, it's a router.

    What are you wanting?

    Francisco

  • LowHostingLowHosting Member, Host Rep
    edited October 2022

    @Francisco said:
    A MX204 is not a switch, it's a router.

    What are you wanting?

    Francisco

    I think he means that the core switches will be used with an MX204 as the main router, not sure why he specified it :D

  • AlexBarakovAlexBarakov Patron Provider, Veteran
    edited October 2022

    The relatively cheap option is QFX5100-24Q Switch with 2x QFX-EM-4Q for 32x QSFP ports. I am hearing good feedback for fs.com switches, but no personal experience yet. You might be able to find something with 100G uplinks to benefit truly from the MX204.

    Edit:
    And there's always Arista.

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  • DataIdeas-JoshDataIdeas-Josh Member, Patron Provider
    edited October 2022

    I mean the Arista DCS-7050QX-32 is cheap if just wanting QSFP 40G ports.
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/394186143436

    But if doing routing off of it. Then I would say go with something newer.

  • Probably will need 100G uplinks

  • FranciscoFrancisco Top Host, Host Rep, Veteran

    @Yakooza said: Probably will need 100G uplinks

    Depends on your actual capacity needs.

    A popular setup with the MX204's is to have the 4x100G links passed down to another switch that's acting as a 'port expander'. You can then have your switches/etc plug into there.

    We do that in all DC's at this point and it works very well.

    Francisco

  • @Francisco said:

    @Yakooza said: Probably will need 100G uplinks

    Depends on your actual capacity needs.

    A popular setup with the MX204's is to have the 4x100G links passed down to another switch that's acting as a 'port expander'. You can then have your switches/etc plug into there.

    We do that in all DC's at this point and it works very well.

    Francisco

    Need around 60 - 100G uplink to be expanded and having around 20 - 30 racks. What do you suggest? Something on cheaper side would be good.

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  • FranciscoFrancisco Top Host, Host Rep, Veteran

    @Yakooza said: Need around 60 - 100G uplink to be expanded and having around 20 - 30 racks. What do you suggest? Something on cheaper side would be good.

    need 60 x 100G ports
    cheap

    No.

    A Cisco 9364C is a nice unit, we have one. You're still going to pay $9k - $10k for it.

    Francisco

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  • @Francisco said:

    @Yakooza said: Need around 60 - 100G uplink to be expanded and having around 20 - 30 racks. What do you suggest? Something on cheaper side would be good.

    need 60 x 100G ports
    cheap

    No.

    A Cisco 9364C is a nice unit, we have one. You're still going to pay $9k - $10k for it.

    Francisco

    Any cheaper core switch? like 100G Arista?

  • FranciscoFrancisco Top Host, Host Rep, Veteran

    @Yakooza said: Any cheaper core switch? like 100G Arista?

    Arista is like $12k+ for their 100G switches.

    The network hardware market is still pretty broken cost wise. Those units are 3x - 4x higher than they were pre 'rona.

    Francisco

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  • MrRadicMrRadic Member, Host Rep, Veteran

    Qfx5200

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