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4900M / ME3600 / 4500X‏

Hi everyone,

Quick question(s) on the above switches.....

Is the 4500X just an "improved" version of the 4900M, or does the 4900M have other "metro-e" features over the 4500X?

For mpls support, the only option would be the ME3600? (i.e. If wanting to do L3VPN's+VPLS at the access)

Cheers.

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Re: 4900M / ME3600 / 4500X‏

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The 4500X is improved, as it uses a later sup architecture.  Regarding features, that's probably very much tied to whatever Cisco wants to market the device for, besides its physical architecture.  For example, architecture wise, how different were the 3750 vs 3750 Metro or the sup720 vs. fixed metro 6500.

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4900M / ME3600 / 4500X‏

For mpls support, the only option would be the ME3600? (i.e. If wanting to do L3VPN's+VPLS at the access)

Check the Cisco Feature Navigator if you want to be able to determine which hardware will support what feature. 

If you want to do MPLS, then ME3600 may not be enough.  We had to use an ME3800X in order to run MPLS and VRF (not VRF-lite).

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4900M / ME3600 / 4500X‏

Maybe you didn't have the license for it?

With the proper license the ME3600 can do 10GE, MPLS, VPLS, EoMPLS, HQoS, VLAN rewrites, BGP, ISIS and pretty much anything you would expect from a service provider box.

To OP:

If you are looking for proper MPLS support then I would go for ME3600 or similar box, I don't like using enterprise boxes for SP needs even if they have said features. Sometimes you have to compromise though. The Cat6500 with SUP2t have many of these features as well.

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4900M / ME3600 / 4500X‏

Maybe you didn't have the license for it?

With the proper license the ME3600 can do 10GE, MPLS, VPLS, EoMPLS, HQoS, VLAN rewrites, BGP, ISIS and pretty much anything you would expect from a service provider box.

Nah.  We threw our requirements to our vendor and Cisco and they both independently came up with the same model.  We even went through TAC.  Same answer.  For our configuration requirement, the smallest thing is an ME-3800X.  It was just darn too expensive to put 6500 chassis all >100 sites.

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4900M / ME3600 / 4500X‏

I see. My only issue with ME3600/3800 is that I wish it had more ports or stacking functionality.

Or they could do something like FEX or nv satellite to build the access layer.

Daniel Dib
CCIE #37149

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