Desperate for reasons NOT to buy HP Smart switches rather than fully managed
I have strongly recommended NOT taking a consultants advice who recommends using HP Smart Switches in favour of fully managed ones - all our main ones already are. I have been overruled by the SLT. I was told they will take the rap it is does not work. These are my reasons why this is a bad idea:
So far I am told that HP Smart switches :
• Do not support QoS so I cannot apply this to the VOIP phones – which may not be an issue if I do not have any other devices on that VLAN but will be if I need it.
• Does not allow LDAP pass through – therefore the Script that we have written to allow teachers to change students passwords will fail because it uses LDAP.
• Cannot be telnetted to
• Cannot be fully seen in ProCurve Manager
In a Smart switch you do not see a table showing all the VLANs and ports in one screen so managing it is a pain and very time consukming. Also you cannot see or edit the config file.
Is there anyone out there who can tell me other reasons not to do this just to save money!
I am so frustrated by non techie bosses who thing that this guy knows better than me. I have had countless HO Gold Partners recommending NOT deploying these SMART switches.