I recently ran into some problems concerning the use of a Cisco layer 3 switch (3560) as an Internet edge device to perform a simple static route between the customers network and the ISP POP router. Although this device can perform the routing at the edge for Internet traffic, I am concerned that this device has limitations when it comes to functions such as traffic shaping to the subscribed bandwidth of the Metro Ethernet access to the Internet. Since the 3560 could not conform to the 20 Mbps of subscribed bandwidth, any traffic beyond 20 Mbps was dropped causing performance issues with applications that use TCP. I am trying to find design documents or white papers that would either support or not support using a layer 3 switch as an Internet perimeter device instead of a router. I would like to know if Cisco has a specific perspective on this subject and whether or not they would ever recommend actually using a layer 3 switch model that is a 37XX or below? I am interested in any other opinions as well.
I have this problem too.