We are planning to get a rack at a datacenter and get our own 100Mbit ethernet uplink from 2 providers.
Provider #1 - Cogentco.com - cheap bandwidth, main provider of IPs Provider #2 - Datacenter - Expensive bandwidth backup
I would like to be able to run BGP. However, this is a 10 server setup, I don't have the funds to purchase one of those new $5,000 cisco switches that will do Level 3.
Are there any retired switches from Cisco/Juniper that will allow me to run BGP and VLANs at a very low entry cost (sub $1,000) thinking of getting it used at ebay. Some people have recommended me the 48 port Cisco 3550 EMI version for this. I don't know what will happen if I need more than 48 ports (servers have 3 network drops each, one for KVM 1IP, one for Remote Power Management, and a server uplink to the internet).
I would really appreciate any suggestions. Even if there is a cheaper choice not from name brands I will research if you give me a model # and make.