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Core Switch Comparison: HP7500 Vs Juniper EX9200 Vs Cisco 6807-XL

Today I am going to talk about the comparison between the three vendors switches. The switches I am going to take here are HP Flex 7500 Switches comparing with the Juniper EX9200 Switch and Cisco catalyst 6807-XL switch. They have a huge impact in the market as a core switch portfolio and here I am going to compare some of the features between these switches.

Lets talk about these switches one by one and then we compare some of the features of all these switches. First of all we will talk about the HP7500 Flex switch, then we will talk about the Juniper EX9200 followed by Cisco 6807-XL switch


Fig 1.1- Comparing models- HPE, Juniper and Cisco



HP Flex 7500 Switch:
HPE Flex Network 7500 Switch Series comprises modular, multi-layer chassis switches that meet the evolving needs of integrated services networks. The switches can be deployed in multiple network environments, including the enterprise LAN core, aggregation layer, and wiring closet edge. They offer 40GbE connectivity and cost effective, wire-speed 10GbE ports to safeguard the throughput and bandwidth needed for your mission-critical data and high-speed communications. 

Supports a maximum of 4x160Gbps switching capacity, providing enhanced performance and future expansion capability; delivers up to 2x380MPPS throughput with dual fabrics; performs all switching and routing functions in the I/O modules; and meets the current and future demand of an enterprise’s bandwidth-intensive applications. 

HP Flex Network 7500 switch supports IEEE 802.1p priority tag based on the IP address, IP type of service (ToS), Layer 3 protocol, TCP/user datagram protocol (UDP) port number, source port, and Di Service. It supports Weighted random early detection (WRED)/random early detection.

With the help of HP 7500 Switches, we can have IDS/IPS features which can have deep packet inspection and examines the packet payload as well as the frame and packet headers; packets are dropped if attacks or intrusions are detected using signature-based or protocol-anomaly-based detection.

It also has signature based detection which can detects attacks that have known attack patterns; IPS maintains a signature database that contains the pattern definitions for known attacks that can be updated automatically using a subscription service.

It supports all VPN technologies which includes IPSEC, GRE and VXLAN tunneling. For management this switch supports SNMPv1, V2 and V3 as well. It also provides scalable ASIC-based wire-speed network monitoring and accounting with no impact on network performance; this allows network operators to gather a variety of sophisticated network statistics and information for capacity planning and real-time network monitoring purposes 


Juniper EX9200 Switch
EX9200 line of programmable, flexible and scalable modular Ethernet core switches simplifies the deployment of cloud applications, virtualized servers and rich media collaboration tools across campus and data center environments. 

EX9200 Ethernet Switch enables collaboration and provides simple and secure access to mission critical applications. In the data center, the EX9200 simplifies network architectures and network operations to better align the network with today’s dynamic business environments. 

For networks evolving to SDN, the EX9200 integrates with VMware NSX SDN controllers and can act as a VXLAN Layer 2 and Layer 3 Gateway. The open and standards-based EX9200 platform also interoperates with the Open vSwitch Database (OVSDB) to support detailed management capabilities and integrates with Juniper Networks Contrail SDN controller to allow users to choose their preferred SDN systems. 

The programmability of the EX9200 allows it to support Junos OS-based automation along with the Junos SDK, which enables integration with Puppet and other automation applications. The EX9200’s network programmability also enables integration with leading orchestration applications such as Open Stack. 

It supports Layer 2 features, which includes up to 1 million media access control (MAC) addresses; 512,000 Address Resolution Protocol (ARP) entries with ML license (256,000 entries without ML license); Jumbo Frames, STP,RSTP, LACP, MSTP, VLAN registration protocol.

It also supports Layer 3 features which includes Static routing, RIP, OSPF , IS-IS , BGP VRRP, IPv6, BFD  and Virtual routers. It also supports MPLS/VPN VPLS tunnels and GRE with IPSEC tunnels.


It supports network virtualization protocols such as Virtual eXtensible LAN (VXLAN) and Open v Switch Database (OVSDB) and support VXLAN L2 and L3 gateway services. TACACS+ with RADIUS and LLDP protocols.


Cisco Catalyst 6807-XL Switch:
The Cisco Catalyst 6807-XL chassis is built to be capable of delivering up to 11.4 terabits per second (Tbps) of system bandwidth capacity and up to 440 gigabits per second (Gbps) of per-slot bandwidth. In a system configured for VSS, this translates to a system capacity of up to 22.8 Tbps. With the Supervisor Engine 6T and latest generation of line cards, the 6807-XL chassis supports a maximum of 160 gigabits per second (Gbps) of per slot bandwidth. 

The Cisco Catalyst 6807-XL Modular Switch is optimized for high-density 10 Gigabit Ethernet and capable of supporting 40 Gigabit Ethernet.

In a system configured for VSS, this translates to a system capacity of up to 22.8 Tbps. With the Supervisor Engine 6T and latest generation of line cards, the 6807-XL chassis supports a maximum of 160 gigabits per second (Gbps) of per slot bandwidth. The Cisco Catalyst 6807-XL Modular Switch is optimized for high-density 10 Gigabit Ethernet and capable of supporting 40 Gigabit Ethernet.

Cisco Catalyst 6807-XL chassis offers integrated resiliency by providing 1+1 supervisor engine redundancy, redundant fans, and N+1 power supply redundancy, thereby limiting network downtime and making sure of workforce productivity, customer satisfaction, and profitability.

It supports Layer 2, Layer 3 and advance Layer 3 features which includes all the features like which includes  (MAC) addresses; Address Resolution Protocol (ARP) entries; Jumbo Frames, STP,RSTP, LACP, MSTP, VLAN registration protocol and Layer 3 features like Static routing, RIP, OSPF , IS-IS , BGP VRRP, IPv6, BFD  and Virtual routers. It also supports MPLS/VPN VPLS tunnels and GRE with IPSEC tunnels.

   
    Comparison between these switches as below
Fig 1.2- Comparing Features and Capabilities- HPE, Juniper and Cisco 

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