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Using a 3560E for inter-vlan routing and routing protocols?

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what does Cisco say about using routers to do intervlan routing? Do they recommend using a layer 3 core switch to do this instead? We are looking at new equipment and this is something we are considering.

We are looking at getting one layer 3 switch and several layer 2 switches per site. Is the 3560E powerful enough to do inter-vlan routing for four 2960 switches? Our sites run emulated LAN and the demarc hands the devices a regular ethernet cable.

What about our emulated LAN terminating into our 3560E? We currently terminate emulated LAN into our core 4507r switch at headquarters. Can the 3560E handle inter-vlan routing, OSPF and routing (including maintaining a routing table)? Or is this too much for this switch?

Finally, would running BGP kill this switch?
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You would need the IP services feature set to run OSPF and BGP.  The question of whether it is powerful enough really depends on the type and amount of traffic going though your network.  It is an enterprise class device, so in my opinion it would be fine for most deployments.

Here are a couple of links with specs and how to set up InterVLAN routing on the 3560:

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/prod/collateral/switches/ps5718/ps7078/product_data_sheet0900aecd805bac22.html

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/tech/tk389/tk815/technologies_configuration_example09186a008015f17a.shtml
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