The following is from Ryan Goldberg of Compudyne:
Compudyne/AS47096 is interested in operating a MICE remote switch in Duluth.
We have two 10G paths from 511 to Duluth (one on Charter, one on
Enventis) in a ring of 5 Juniper MX boxes (2 at 511, 3 in Duluth – the 3
in Duluth are interconnected over dark fiber). We hit a little over 5G
on 5min averages in total between the two 511<->Duluth legs. Latency is
We currently participate in MICE via MNVoip’s extension, mainly because
it makes more overall sense to pick up MICE + SIX + Denver + KC all on
one interface (for now). We’d probable leave it like that for a while.
For the proposed extension switch we’d do a two site VPLS config on the
MXes, with on a fresh, dedicated 10gig port at 511 and corresponding
10gig port in Duluth. We’d start with an EX4200-24F in Duluth, and run
the usual Juniper-y stuff (from http://micemn.net/technical.html).
Initial participants would only be on 1gig ports on the 4200.
As for location, we’re currently leaning toward “the Missabe Building”
at 227 W 1st St, Duluth, MN – this is our primary downtown Duluth POP,
and aside from our fiber, and there’s high-count fiber from at least 5
other carriers in the building. The space has dual AC and is backed by
Upgrade path is 100G 511<->Duluth, at least on one leg. If business
drives it, we’ll just do it. Otherwise it’s budgeted for next year. As
for the switch, we’d move to a ex4550.
Without taking any position on this here yet, I'd like to highlight a
couple of facts:
The proposed transport is over a VPLS link (i.e. shared with other
traffic, not a dedicated wave).
In the past, and quite possibly still, we have had participants
connected over shared links, but not entire remote switches.