Netgear Prosafe layer 3 switches - cost effective or put my money elsewhere?
I'm looking to improve our school's network infrastructure. Starting at the core, I have both the HP 5406zl and the Netgear Prosafe GSM7352S-200 in mind.
Both HP and Netgear provide lifetime warranties on these particular models. The netgear solution being 3x cheaper.
I'm tempted to go for the Netgear solution due to the fact that it has integrated 10Gb SFP+ ports, and 4 SFP ports, full layer 3 capabilities, 48x 1Gb copper, stacking capability with 48Gb redundant ring (additional modules, but the costs are so small compared). Also, Netgear's network management solution is very cost effective on comparison.
The HP is what most have and swear by it, and if money were not too much an issue then that would be my clear choice, but the features and price of the Netgear option look to good to ignore.
Brief current network setup;
- HP 4104gl at core (to move from core by either option)
- mix of 20 (HP and 3Com) switches around site
- 300 PCs, Macs and laptops (72:8:20)
- OM1 fiber between buildings (to be replaced by OM3)
- will be a full star network, currently some daisy chaines in place.
What are your opinions on the Netgear option as a viable alternative?