We are in the process of developing a solution to utilize BGP to connect to multiple ISPs. We are at the stage were we are trying to select which router we want to use in a HSRP pair. We will have a maximum of 6MB (4 T1s) to the internet today and scaling to no more than 12MB in 2 years when we would upgrade routers again. We will only need to utilize ethernet because the T1s will terminate on the ISPs CPE routers then be delivered to us via ethernet. Besides internet connectivity and ports what other factors do I need to consider when choosing a BGP router?
How many BGP peers are you going to support, both IBGP and EBGP.
How many routes are you going to need?
How complex are your policies going to be?
Each of these factors will affect processor and memory requirements.
I would also re-think your use of HSRP for this application. IMHO, I have found that in a routed network, OSPF or ISIS will provide better redundancy. HSRP is usually reserved to provide redundancy for hosts that cannot run a routing protocol, or to add redundancy in a network that uses only static routing.
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