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    Cisco or HP

    Looking to change a lot of switches next year and have a 100% HP environment at the moment however in the last 3 years I have had to contact HP support about 4 times for relatively minor things like the odd power supply on a PoE switch or a HHD failing in my SAN and each and every time I loose count of the hoops I have to jump through.
    Is Cisco any better? Opinions please? (PS... no Im not installing netgear)

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    Hp switches = lifetime warranty


    No contest

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    We have a fair mix between Procurve / HP Networking V19** and Cisco SG300 models. I like them both very much - great value, easy to set up. All have been solid, the Ciscos are less fussy on GBICs used but cost a good chunk more. Both choices have lifetime warraties - so there is a definite contest!

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    Quote Originally Posted by robjduk View Post
    Looking to change a lot of switches next year and have a 100% HP environment at the moment however in the last 3 years I have had to contact HP support about 4 times for relatively minor things like the odd power supply on a PoE switch or a HHD failing in my SAN and each and every time I loose count of the hoops I have to jump through.
    Is Cisco any better? Opinions please? (PS... no Im not installing netgear)

    Thanks
    You can only talk to Cisco with a support contract, or get software updates with a support contract. I like the hardware fine, but find them terrible value over the longer terms schools tend to keep switches.

    I didn't like the HP server support very much, but never had any issue with the Procurve side.

    On a procurve note, I'd still personally only get the Provision switches and not the 3coms, although that is just my preference.

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    I have found Cisco switches to be very reliable. Also there is loads of help resources on the internet for Cisco devices.

    Quote Originally Posted by andydis View Post
    Hp switches = lifetime warranty


    No contest
    So does Cisco....

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    Cisco is *limited* lifetime warranty
    HP, apart from the biggest 9400s etc are lifetime warranty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DMcCoy View Post
    Cisco is *limited* lifetime warranty
    HP, apart from the biggest 9400s etc are lifetime warranty.
    Yer but by the time the stuff is out of that scope its ready for the skip anyway.

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    call me an evil heathen if you want but just noticed Dell switches seems to have a limited, parts only lifetime warranty on their 3000 series.

    Basically there is no real trauma but after a few years of dealing with HP's call centre, I am ready to shop around a little.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robjduk View Post
    call me an evil heathen if you want but just noticed Dell switches seems to have a limited, parts only lifetime warranty on their 3000 series.

    Basically there is no real trauma but after a few years of dealing with HP's call centre, I am ready to shop around a little.
    If you look at dell do not go for the Power Connect series. Go for the Force 10 range. Much better!

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    I would look at Juniper, HP and Cisco.

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    thanks all for opinions. Will goto BETT in January and see who gives out the best pens before I make final decision (joking..... sorta)

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    Basically, you'll get 3x more switching for you're money by hoing HP over Cisco. So the question is - how big is your budget?

    If my budget was 3x bigger I probably would have gone cisco - but in terms of value for money you can't beat HP.



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