Your backbone switch was £12.5k?!
Originally Posted by localzuk
Remember that kit doesn't need to be even close to full spec - it is just a stop-gap while you wait for the next-day delivery of the replacement. The redundancy kit I have here is stuff which I've upgraded out, but hung on to - the switch and GBICs are from when I upgraded a building from 100Mb to 1Gb, the spare PCs are from the last batch which we were binning, same goes for the projector. They're not great, but they do the job.
I turn them on once a term to check they still work and to allow software updates to go on.
For the sheer volume of things we have plugged into it, yes. A core switch to cover all our edge switches would cost us that. We have 15 cabinets that would need connecting up around the site. 15 x 10GbE ports isn't cheap.
Originally Posted by enjay