On 11. april 2018 12:51, Saku Ytti wrote:

On 11 April 2018 at 13:43, Ola Thoresen <o...@nytt.no> wrote:


We have recently started playing with MX204 and Junos Fusion, and that makes
a really nice setup.
With either EX4300 (for 1G) or QFX5100 (for 10G), you get a lot of ports and
a great routing engine for a "decent" cost.
I have strong dislike to satellite solutions. I'd rather even run L2
backhaul than satellite. There tends to be all kind of catches and
esoteric differences between 'native' port and satellite port, and
those are not documented anywhere, probably not even known to vendor,
and you just stumble on them as you go. As well as you have to carry
the increased bug surface of the vendor's proprietary host<->satellite
code.

Granted at least JNPR offering allows you to run same device as pure
L2, with Cisco offering it is satellite-only box, cannot be used as
L2.

I know what you mean, but I must say that this time it seems like they have more or less managed to do it right.  They use pretty standard protocols for everything, it is just "packaged" so you don't need to think about it.

But as you say, you can easily use the exact same hardware in a regular L2 setup, the thing you gain from the satellite setup is central management of only the routers, which can be a time and management saver.

/Ola (T)
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