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    Switch for SAN use

    Afternoon Guys,

    Can someone suggest a decent 1GB switch for use with 2 x SUN servers and 2 x 7110s. Each server has 4 nics and each 7110 has 2 so thats at least 12 ports need so Im learning towards a 24 port switch in case we add more hosts later. Would prefer HP but open to suggestions. Does the backplane speed need to be massivly fast?

    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by m1ddy View Post
    Afternoon Guys,

    Does the backplane speed need to be massivly fast?

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    YES!
    Have a look at the Cisco 3750's. Hp have had a few problems with Flow control and Jumbo frames been on at the same time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by m1ddy View Post
    Afternoon Guys,

    Can someone suggest a decent 1GB switch for use with 2 x SUN servers and 2 x 7110s. Each server has 4 nics and each 7110 has 2 so thats at least 12 ports need so Im learning towards a 24 port switch in case we add more hosts later. Would prefer HP but open to suggestions. Does the backplane speed need to be massivly fast?

    Thanks!
    Just to warn you the 7110's have 4xgigabit NICs and 1x management NIC for the integrated lights out management (iLOM), as do most of the Sun Servers I believe. So if you want out of band management etc you're probably looking at 20 ports for the 4

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    Quote Originally Posted by andyrite View Post
    YES!
    Have a look at the Cisco 3750's. Hp have had a few problems with Flow control and Jumbo frames been on at the same time.
    Thanks for the suggestion but we cannot afford to to spend £5000 on a switch! I was thinking more along the lines of £1000!

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    HP 2810-24G here. No problems (unless you don't update the firmware!).

    ProCurve 2810 24G Switch (J9021A) specifications - HP Small & Medium Business products

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    Oooh, PC World Business have them for £650

    Ta Geoff!

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    You can also take a look at 3com 4800G, 5500G or 4500G series

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    Quote Originally Posted by m1ddy View Post
    Thanks for the suggestion but we cannot afford to to spend £5000 on a switch! I was thinking more along the lines of £1000!
    Pretty sure you can get some good deals on Cisco stuff for education. Try find a school\lea that is a Cisco Academy and asking them about discounts.

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    @ - Geoff, do you have Flow control and Jumbo frames on at the same time on the HP's?

    We're looking at HP Procurve 2910al switches for our SAN setupm, anyone using/looking at them?

    Cheers.

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    How about a Cisco Catalyst 3560G-24TS

    £2273.68 inc VAT at uk.insight.com
    for something as critical as a SAN Switch, Cisco support is far better!

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    I know that Cisco is held in high esteem but HP switches are used in loads of data centers around the world. I've read articles with data center admins that say they have never had a HP switch fail on them. I've also never had a single issus with a HP switch.

    How bad can they be?

    How much do fiber modules cost for a Cisco are they more than HP as well we need four of them as well?

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    I've yet to see a major DC use anything but Cisco, unless it's Extreme Networks, Juniper, Brocade. With that said I have seen HP at the edge (where a Cisco 3000\2000 series would normally be) in some less "ISP" grade "DCs"

    I've heard Cambs LEA say they had a number of issues with Cisco kit and they had trouble RMA it, thus why that have HP.

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    I don't think its so much the reliability issue
    more the quality of support when it does go wrong!

    however fiber modules should be priced similarly

    Cisco - Transceiver module - SFP - Gigabit EN - 1000Base-SX - 850 nm - £239.28 inc VAT

    I just looked on cisco site and i think the 4900 series is really the perfect match for a san switch however with the price tag to match of 4k! http://uk.insight.com/apps/productpr...6x%3D0%26y%3D0

    I think for general LAN side there is no one right manufacture, all depends on what you want to do. If you are looking to a cisco voip system it makes sense to buy a cisco network.
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    Cisco support is far better!
    In what way?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PiqueABoo View Post
    In what way?
    It costs lots of money, every year and they phone you in the middle of the night because they don't look at timezones for customers? At least that was my experience

    Probably non transferable like IOS licenses too (even the one it came with!).
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