So I am in a situation I didnt expect to be in. They are bunging in ICT suites in places I never imagined. I only expected one extra suite but now were having them all over :?
Our current setup is one core cabinet and one at either side of the site serving its local block.
In one cabinet we have 2 HP 2650s and in the other just the one. There are also some other switches branched off these which I was keeping inplace until the plans were finally sorted and I could rewire this room to one of the main cabinets, when the room was refitted.
Each of the 2650s is connected by Fiber to the core switch which is currently a 2826 with room for 4 fiber connections. According to my estimates I am going to end up with 7 fiber connections back to the core.
Now the good news is for me is I put enough spare fiber inplace to handle all of this. The bad news is it looks like I am going to need a new core switch to handle all the extra capacity.
So my choices are:
1: Get Another 2826 and get a nice trunk going between them (not sure this is a good idea)
2: A solutions based on a 4200 chassis switch with 2 modules.
3: Something based on 53/5400 chassis (Not sure if this is overkill for us)
So I am looking for advice on my current predicament and how much I should look to be spending. Bearing in mind my current core switch rarely sees any over 25% on any port I have been monitoring. I have seen this as high as 40% when the backups are all running.
I may also be looking at HPs wireless management as well in the future as I hear these can slot right into the chassis.
Thanks for all the comments. I am currently compiling prices for both solutions. As a rough guide though for anyone interested the 5400 chassis costs twice as much as the 4200 and the modules seem to cost 2-3 times as much. Obviously there is the higher performance factor etc etc.
Same issue with the 5300s. There might be a 24 port gbic now, but there wasn't when I last looked. These are things that really make the 5400s more flexible as you can often just use one module instead.
So one gbic module for the 5400s = 6 for the 4200s. Perhaps the price for that one gbic isn't so steep!