Miercom was engaged to conduct a comparative testing of two high-capacity L2 and L3 network switches: the popular Cisco Catalyst 4500E, and a comparably configured, competitive switch, the FastIron SX 1600, from Brocade Communications Systems.
Miercom executed comprehensive hands-on testing and evaluated the performance of some widely deployed features that are critical for reliable functioning of enterprise networks.
The test methodology was developed that was designed to examine various aspects of the switches. The switches were tested side-by-side in September 2014. This report summarizes the results of the testing in these areas:
- Switching-fabric survivability
- Throughput between 48-port line cards for bi-directional full-load streams between modules
- Ability to handle data bursts without dropping packets
- IPv6 Forwarding Information Base capacity