With the 3com acquisition, much of the industry speculated that HP would drop the procurve software in favour of comware. I'm surprised they've kept two platforms running this long, probably to keep existing customers happy for the lower end procurves - if you have a lot of H3C/3com or procurve it's worth keeping consistency in operating systems. So I guess if you have procurves then 2910 is the way forward, they are both budget switches I'd probably have an A3600 anyway
I think long term hp is going with the 3com OS but probably merged with the hp one which is why there are still two as they have not merged them together yet.
To paraphrase a Network Architect I knew a few years ago: Procurve - good custom hardware hampered by an aging OS with poor support (HP Gold partner, $3Bn revenue fwiw). Comware - a remarkable IOS like OS from a Chinese company running on comodity silicon, but who in their right mind would trust the 3Com brand after that stunt they pulled in 2000? (they supported a lot of 3COM clients)
However that branding problem is now gone. HP have commited (apparently) to running both lines for the foreseable future. That said, they were pushing comware products 18 months ago, but a quick look now and most solutions come back based around Procurve products (I think -- it is very hard to tell without spending an inordinate amount of time researching)... perhaps they bought a brand but the brain trust remained in China... who knows?
The V1910 is an edge device. It will always be limited by its uplink to the core of the network. 10GBe is irrelevent in this line. If it became needed, then a 10GBe capable switch in the future could be installed at the top of the rack and provide LACP trunks down to the V1910s. Also just looking at the specs the V1910 has per port buffers, the procurve has a shared buffer across all ports. The marketing from 18 months ago was all about choosing the right sized switch for its position and load in your LAN. The idea being that for a LAN the size of a school you would save so much with cheap simple edge switchest hat you could afford to buy spares and a PCM licence and still have money left over to spend on front line kit.
Though horses for courses of course.
Randomly I was researching a tangent and stumled upon this: http://www.edugeek.net/forums/networ...-switches.html
which seems relevent to the OP's question.
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