I'm looking for a device to use as PE in a provider network. It should have the following features:
- Reasonable buffers
- IGP (OSPF/ISIS)
- VLAN rewriting
The perfect fit ideally would be ME3600/3800. However I'm concerned about:
- Poor port density
- Lack of 10GE ports
- No redundant supervisor or equivalent
For that reason I have been contemplating the upcoming Catalyst 6880-X with SUP2T or even the Catalyst 6500 with SUP2T. I am a bit uncomfortable putting an "enterprise" switch as a PE device in a provider network though.
So the question is if SUP2T is suitable to use in a provider network?
Any operational input would be highly appreciated as well. If you are rolling ME3600/3800 how are you deplyoing it regarding redundancy and port density.