Switch Manufactures Preference
Our network equipment is getting to the point that our failure rate is increasing. Most of our equipment ranges from oldest Unicom and Dlink to Extreme to HPs being our newest equipment. Most of our issues is with the extreme equipment (mostly x250e-48t) either solo switches or in stacks. Our split is probably 75% extreme, 20% HP and 5% other
We have applied for a grant which could cover 80% cost of upgrading our infrastructure. We have a network consultant who is working with us to help remedy some of our network issues and the proposals for the future. I'm in no way the decision maker but am fairly knowledgeable Tech (more so than our coordinator).
Consultant is pushing big for Extreme equipment, saying he has good working relationship with them.
So i'd like to get some opinions on what manufacture is preferred to go with for switches?
What equipment you have/would consider and likes/dislikes/issues?
My gut feeling is that we should strongly look at HPs (95% of our pcs/servers are HPs)