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Managed or Smart Switch
I'm looking for kind of a switch to be able to limit the traffic my servers use. I would say with bandwidth throttling capability if so is right.
I've been looking around for different solutions and can't distinguish between managed vs smart switches.
can anyone assist on this please? thanks
Are you colocated in a facility or is this non-production? What is the main reason behind limiting the server?
If it's just 1 server you can do this with your firewall locally, if its multiple servers then a managed switch is best.
it will be used in a colo environment. there are 20 servers so far.
How about smart ones? managed devices are awfully expensive.
As far as I can tell, a "smart switch" is a marketing term for a very basic managed switch. The exact features are going to depend on the model.
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Can I find this bandwidth throttling feature in any smart switch?
I would get a cisco 3550. You will have two choices either Shaping (which will queue packets and deliver in queue) or Policing (drop packets when the threshold is reached). I personally in a colocation environment would just Shape so your clients do not have downtime.
You can shape per interface for example: fastethernet0/10 is port 10. and so fourth. Do some research on switches with IOS 12.2 or greater in the Cisco line I like the 3550's and research "traffic-shape".
Best of Luck
Smart Switches maybe able to rate for the whole line, but not limited per port, ip or server like you require.
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