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    New Core Switch Suggestions

    Good Afternoon All,

    I'm after some suggestions for new Core switches here -

    We have 1200 users, 500 clients and around 40 printers here, plus VOIP to administer.

    I've inherited 4x Netgear stackable switches, which consistently need rebooting as they fail to allow dns queries across themselves, a reboot and they start working again.

    I'm in need of a fair few fibre ports on the new switches, as we have lots of 1Gb fibre coming into the server room (around 20 different connections.

    If I buy new stackable switches I'd like 20Gb between them to future proof.

    So what are you guys using?


    Thanks in advance, Ben

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    I have a HP Procurve 5406ZL. Mine came with 44 ports 1Gig POE + and 4 SFP. They also offer a 24 port SFP. I have used HP for years and touch wood never had one fail Also if in the future you wanted to upgrade to 10GB it has supporting modules.

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    I have the same HP 5406zl for our core, just added a new 24 port module in it for our virtualisation project. So far it's been great, decided to put a second PSU in it just in case as well.

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    Two Cisco 4507RE's on our site and the same on the sister site with a 1Gb 5Mile fiber.

    Despite beeing R's they only have one supervisor card ( I spent a number of e-mails arguing with the installers over this waste of money when they could have put in a 4506)

    Apart from when we first got the first one 4 years ago ( when 2 PSU's blew in 4 months ) they have been rock solid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Ben View Post
    Good Afternoon All,

    I'm after some suggestions for new Core switches here -

    We have 1200 users, 500 clients and around 40 printers here, plus VOIP to administer.

    I've inherited 4x Netgear stackable switches, which consistently need rebooting as they fail to allow dns queries across themselves, a reboot and they start working again.

    I'm in need of a fair few fibre ports on the new switches, as we have lots of 1Gb fibre coming into the server room (around 20 different connections.

    If I buy new stackable switches I'd like 20Gb between them to future proof.

    So what are you guys using?


    Thanks in advance, Ben
    We use: 2x HP 8212zl and 2x HP 5412zl switches with the premium software installed, with the 8212s more or less fully populated with 10GBE SFP+ blades (for uplinks to edge switches, and to servers) and the 5412s populated with a couple of 10GBE SFP+ blades each (for uplinks to the 8212s) and then filled up with 24 port 1GB blades (for anything in the server room that can't or doesn't need to connect via a 10GBE link.). They work very well and I'd be happy to buy them again.

    IIRC we paid for the premium software as it was an add-on back then but I think it's now included in the bundle. Well worth remembering if someone offers you one 'cheap' but without the premium software add-on.

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    Roberto/Rozzer:::
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    I would also recommend a HP5406zl (or 5412zl). Which is highly expandable. I used to have one at my last place. I got HP5406zl model with the 2 modules pre installed giving 44 copper and 4 SFP and then got 2 additional SFP modules giving an additional 48 SFP (As I used to have 40 edge switches on 1gb links). I then got an additional 24 port copper about a year later when i needed more space. Whole thing cost less then 12k.

    I bought a second on just before I left for the second server room (which was to replicate with the first) but never quite installed it.

    They also have the ability to take 10gb modules if required.

    I have also used some of the 8212's at a large client on mine and they are very similar to the 5406 range.

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    Quote Originally Posted by glennda View Post
    I would also recommend a HP5406zl (or 5412zl). Which is highly expandable. I used to have one at my last place. I got HP5406zl model with the 2 modules pre installed giving 44 copper and 4 SFP and then got 2 additional SFP modules giving an additional 48 SFP (As I used to have 40 edge switches on 1gb links). I then got an additional 24 port copper about a year later when i needed more space. Whole thing cost less then 12k.

    I bought a second on just before I left for the second server room (which was to replicate with the first) but never quite installed it.

    They also have the ability to take 10gb modules if required.

    I have also used some of the 8212's at a large client on mine and they are very similar to the 5406 range.

    Additional note the 10gb modules require the 10gb module cards to go into the switch.

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    Juniper EX2200 - very nice pieces of kit and cheap too.

    http://www.juniper.net/in/en/product...series/ex2200/
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    Quote Originally Posted by mdench View Post
    Additional note the 10gb modules require the 10gb module cards to go into the switch.
    Well yeah your not going to get a 10gb SFP module working in a 1Gb SFP card...

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    Quote Originally Posted by glennda View Post
    Well yeah your not going to get a 10gb SFP module working in a 1Gb SFP card...
    well erm... Marty learnt the hard way :P

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    I also have the 5406zl which seems pretty robust. We run our VOIP system over it on a seperate VLAN. The only thing I wasn't happy about was the 'premium' license we had to buy to allow Multicast across VLANs which cost over 1k to purchase. I'm running a some compatabile GBICs on it with no issues whatsoever which are a lot cheaper than branded ones.

    Pete

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    Quote Originally Posted by FragglePete View Post
    I also have the 5406zl which seems pretty robust. We run our VOIP system over it on a seperate VLAN. The only thing I wasn't happy about was the 'premium' license we had to buy to allow Multicast across VLANs which cost over 1k to purchase. I'm running a some compatabile GBICs on it with no issues whatsoever which are a lot cheaper than branded ones.

    Pete
    From what I can see most of the models come with the premium software now anyway.

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    I saw that a while back thinking it had the Premium Edge license, but I think it's just the ProCurve Management software that gets bundled with it. Just make sure.

    Pete

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    Quote Originally Posted by FragglePete View Post
    I saw that a while back thinking it had the Premium Edge license, but I think it's just the ProCurve Management software that gets bundled with it. Just make sure.

    Pete
    Both the one I purchased last April and this April both came with premium Edge license.

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