[clue] [tech] What ethernet switch should I buy? Suggestions?
charles.d.burton at gmail.com
Fri Feb 3 12:47:09 MST 2012
I would definitely recommend the Juniper EX series, they can be a little
pricey but they're very very good and once you learn JunOS you can work on
any equipment that they have. They're very solid performers and can do
just about anything you're going to need them for.
On Fri, Feb 3, 2012 at 12:07 PM, Dan Kulinski <daniel at kulinski.net> wrote:
> I generally purchase HP ProCurve switches due to the strong warranty and
> the exceptional stability of the hardware for our edge switches. We don't
> use them as core switches in HPC as there are switches designed to better
> handle that task.
> Dan Kulinski
> On Fri, Feb 3, 2012 at 11:55 AM, Jim Ockers <ockers at ockers.net> wrote:
>> Hi CLUEbies,
>> I've been out of the IT purchasing loop for a few years and so I thought
>> I'd ask the list for opinions on IT technology. We have a rack in a
>> datacenter (obLinux: the servers are mostly running Linux) that is not
>> nearby. I'm upgrading its infrastructure so it has reliable, manageable
>> ethernet switches. When I worked in IT every day I used to know exactly
>> what to buy, but now I'm not as sure.
>> The form factor I need is 1U rack mounted. 100BaseTX is fast enough,
>> 1000BaseTX is fine but not required, and we have only ethernet twisted-pair
>> RJ45 cabling. Switching OS is unimportant. Total number of ports is
>> around 24, but it could be 2 physical switches of ~12 ports. We will
>> require VLANs because there's an "inside" network and an "outside" network,
>> and if I buy 2 switches then it's obvious which is which, but if I use only
>> one switch then it'll need to have good network/VLAN segregation. Cost is
>> somewhat unimportant, but we don't need & won't pay for the top of the top
>> of the line.
>> Reliability is VERY important, because it's unattended & remote and
>> pretty much needs to not fail ever, or else give us lots of advance warning
>> before any major failure.
>> Any quick suggestions for something similar to this that you've bought
>> lately and like?
>> Jim Ockers, P.E., P.Eng. (ockers at ockers.net)
>> Contact info: http://www.ockers.net/msi.html
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