nit (23rd May 2013)
HP here too. Full lifetime warranty and superb customer service if something breaks.
HP gets my vote. Bad experiences with Netgear, stay away from their gear for anything critical.
Hi Everyone, big thank you to all of you that replied!!!!, trying to sell hp this to SLT is becoming a knightmare . if someone could help me write a technical spec of why HP kit is better then netgear kit? I know the joys of IRF and the hp management software but SLT don't care, if someone could say that these switches are better for x,y,z reason would be really great! and appreciated
Last edited by nit; 23rd May 2013 at 06:58 PM. Reason: spelling/grammar
So, HP A5800/A5820 series have:
All your mentioned Netgear devices do have:- dynamic routing with Bidirectional Forwarding Detection
- OSPFv2 incl. MD5 authentication
- OSPFv3 incl. IPSec authentication
- GRE tunneling
- BGP (IPv4)
- BGP (IPv6)
- ISIS (IPv4)
- ISIS (IPv6)
- Virtual Routing instances with IPv4 unicast and multicast support
- Virtual Routing instances with IPv6 unicast and multicast support
There´s a reason, why I wouldn´t buy HP A5120-EI series nowadays any longer: It was released in 2008. That´s no problem at all as it still gets software updates. But you have to put in SFP+ slot modules before adding SFP+ LC modules which make them too expensive. Look at the HP 2920 switching series. For edge/access/POE it will be sufficient.OSPFv2
As you bosses look at the money, you could of couse buy compatible SFP and SFP+ fiber modules. Your (official) HP partner will not sell you those, of couse, as they are not allowed to do it, as they would risk their HP partner status. Or look for "HP Renew" parts, which will also save really money and still give you HP´s favourite lifetime warranty (at least on the HP A5800, not the A5820 switches - yes, HP also likes you to pay for hardware warranty contracts on their higher spec switches)
Last edited by snoerre; 23rd May 2013 at 07:18 PM.
I'd concentrate on support.
The H3C/3Com kit is much more common (its better kit) so it is easier to get hold of qualified technical people to help fix things.
If you move on they'll find it easier to get someone who knows HP than netgear.
It has better debugging features (I don't know that for a fact as I don't really know the netgear, but the debugging features on A5120 and A5800 are significant). The HP has a lifetime warranty.
The other argument is that you don't skimp and cheap out on your network. It's the foundation of all of your IT infrastructure. If your network doesn't work optimally, nothing else will work very well either. I would rather have cheap servers than cheap switches.
Sorry for not updating this thread soon. After alot of 'intense' meetings, SLT have chosen to spend the money on the hp kit. Just want to say a big thank you to all who posted!.
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