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[core switch] 5500-HI vs. A5510-HI vs 5820v2

 
MichaelM55
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[core switch] 5500-HI vs. A5510-HI vs 5820v2

What 1HE switch would you recommend for a new medium sized core (with inhouse MPLS/VPLS capabilities):

  1. HP A5500-HI (H3C S5500-HI)
    • released: 2011
    • ASIC: BCM56526
    • Comware version: 5.20.99
    • MAC table: 32000
    • ARP table: 16000
    • ND table: 8000
    • MPLS table: 4000
    • Routing table: 6000

2. H3C S5820V2 (HP A5900AF)

  • released: 2012
  • ASIC: BCM56840
  • Comware version: 7.1.045
  • MAC table: 128000
  • ARP table: 16000
  • ND table: 8000
  • MPLS table: 4000
  • Routing table: 16000
  • other features: SPB, TRILL

3. HP A5510-HI (H3C S5560-EI)

  • released: 2015
  • ASIC: BCM84784?
  • Comware version: 7.1.045
  • MAC table: 32000 / 64000 / 32000
  • ARP table: 16000 / 16000 / 32000
  • ND table: 8000 / 8000 / 16000
  • MPLS table: 8000 / 4000 / 8000
  • routing table: ?
  • other features: MACSec/802.1ae

 

H3C S5500-HI is inexpensive, but supports Comware Version 5 only

H3C S5820v2 seems to have the most up to date ASIC (Broadcom Trident 1), but is getting old. Should I still buy it for a new core?

H3C S5560-EI: new, unknown ASIC, dynamic modes for sizing the tables,

Which one would you choose?