access layer devices provide the port count and is composed of L2 switches
distribution layer devices provide acl's, qos and route summirzation is made of routers or multilayered L3 switches
core layer provides fast access between the different distrbution layer routers. very high spec multilayer switches and routers.
the collapsed core desgin combines the distrbution and core layers in to one.
just because a network is collapsed core network does not mean that Procurve is the correct solution in every network.
schools and colleges also vary hugely in size!!! so a different solution is needed for each!
Last edited by jam3s; 25th June 2009 at 12:53 PM.
Personally, I can't think of a single school which HP would not be suited for, that is my point. If you're a dinky primary with 1 switch and a dozen computers, then a 2800 series would do. If you're a 2000 capacity academy with multiple buildings, you can craft a solution built from 5400 series, 2800 series, and if needs by a core using one of their 6xxx models or the 8200 series (if your schools is *really* that big!)
So yes, the actual models needed will vary by school, but we can only recommend what we've had experience. Anyone can simply match requirements to specifications, what we give is recommendations.
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