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Replacement meraki for core Catalyst 3750 switch

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Replacement meraki for core Catalyst 3750 switch

Hi guys,looking at replacements for this within Meraki

 

Only issue is BGP, which meraki switches use it?

 

Is there an issue with BGP for Meraki products?

 

Can meraki switches replace a core catalyst 3750 switch?

 

Thanks in advance

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Do they need to use dynamic routing protocols?

Do they need to use policy routing?

Do they need to use vrfs?

 

How many ports do they need, and what speed/type do they need to be?

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No bgp routing in the meraki switches

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The closest option you could do would be to offload the BGP functionality onto an actual Cisco router.  I like using the C1111-8P.  Include an AppX licence to enable BGP.

It can easily flat line a Gigabit circuit.  You could probably configure it as a "route server" as well as long as the other next-hop(s) are in the same subnet.  Then the L3 forwarding is still done by the switch(es) while the BGP is done by the router(s).

 

The 3750 is so old and has a range of configurations and modules it is hard to suggest a direct replacement without knowing more.  Options I like are:

MS250 - entry-level core switch that can also so OSPF and has 4 x SFP+ 10Gbe ports.  Can take redundant power supplies.

MS350-24X - adds MGig ports, so you can also plug in 10GBaseT servers and SANs (as well as SFP+ 10Gbe).

MS425-16 - a pure 10Gbe SFP+ L3 switch.  More common in small server farms or connecting switch blocks together (such as all the floor switch blocks in multi-story buildings).

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Thanks very much working with the customer at present, they're not 100% clear (no network design from them available)

 

What questions would you recommend for customer which would speed up the decision in choosing the alternatives to 3750?

 

 

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Do they need to use dynamic routing protocols?

Do they need to use policy routing?

Do they need to use vrfs?

 

How many ports do they need, and what speed/type do they need to be?

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Re: Replacement meraki for core Catalyst 3750 switch

Awesome thanks very much 😀

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