We had a fair bit of fibre installed over the holidays - we've got 6 ready-to use fibre links once I get the hardware sorted. We also have 6 more cabinets that I plan to run fibre to when time and budgets allow. (shared conduit is evil for cat 5 or 6).
We're a predominantly Netgear & Cisco* setup. The switch will handle all traffic coming into the server room (and probably servers as well), so needs to comfortably handle 300 computers & 10 servers at Gb speeds per port.
I also need to find good Gb fibre converters for some of the existing switches - blackbox are pricey.
Cost isn't so important as getting the right tool for the job with expandability for the future. Not sure about chassis switches.
I think you will be hard pushed to find something cheaper than the 4104gl but as you can see it isn't cheap. The advantage is that it can grow with your needs slightly and you only need to add the GBICs as you need to. BTW, the min-GBICs are something like £180 a piece for SX connections.
As for media converters, I have used Planet ones in the past (100Mb only) and they did the job at a reasonable price.
Allied Telisyn / Telisis (they keep changing there name according to where you see them) for the media converters, they are excellent, never miss a beat. You can get a Rack unit for them if you will have a lot at each end (each rack hold 12 if I am visualising my cabinet correctly).
As for switches, Netgear used to make dedicated Fibre Switches, I have one its got 10 built in fibres, and 4 slots / RJ45 sockets so you can add 4 more fibre or something else that fits, I cannot see it in my netgear catalogue so it may be discontinued, but its an excellent product if you can find one somewhere, and it had a lifetime warranty on it which is even better.
We have some HP Procurves 5650 and 2650 with fibre transceivers - the transcievers are expensive at around £250 each. Does anyone know if you can use other brand transcievers and save a bit of money - or is that a no no? [Someone suggested it and i'd like to check]
Cisco WS-C3550-12G would probably set you back 3-4k but then the gbics would only cost approx just over £100, this would be my way forward if i was you, you could then run the cisco assistant to cluster and manage all your cisco kit which from an admin point is less stress and lifetime guarantee to boot. I also have all my servers (eight at the moment) conected to a Cisco Catalyst 3550-12T which is then conected by fibre to the above excellent throughput no bottlenecks just a pure Gig backbone. This is just my thoughts on the matter and how i have my network setup.
We have some HP Procurves 5650 and 2650 with fibre transceivers - the transcievers are expensive at around £250 each. Does anyone know if you can use other brand transcievers and save a bit of money - or is that a no no?
I'm using a 3com mini gbic module in a netgear but I had no luck using one in a procurve - it just didn't work, not sure why.
Glad you purchases went well, your cabinet must look similar to mine, except I got L3 Netgears (about 4 of them now), and a large number of other netgear switches then AT media converters and racks (4 of them)
@Mark: I have been told by my cabling/network contractor that you can use other name mini gbic's in a procurve switch as they are a standard but you'd probably find the hp switch would give you the information about what was installed.