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    Red face CISCO or other Switch

    What would be a good switch that supports the following:

    • VLANs
    • PoE
    • Gigabytes ports
    • 12 or 24 ports

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    CISCO is good but expensive, however, if money is a problem for you, Try Juniper, are very good and good price :-)
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    There are a lot of end of life Cisco switches out there if you are ok with that but can save you money.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gualter View Post
    CISCO is good but expensive, however, if money is a problem for you, Try Juniper, are very good and good price :-)
    Not sure if it's the same near you however I found Cisco to be much less than Juniper.
    If you're not looking for something new you can find some great pricing on used Cisco units.
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    A C3750G-24P would be a good choice.
    24 poe+4SFP
    Gig ports
    layer3/vlan
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    The Brocade ICX 6430 or 6450 would be a good fit here as well. There are 12 & 24 port versions and PoE+ is available across the line. You can add layer 3 if needed on many models. Check out the following links for more details:

    Overview page:
    http://www.brocade.com/products/all/.../overview.page

    Datasheet:
    http://www.brocade.com/downloads/doc...30-6450-ds.pdf
    Last edited by Martin2341; 11-25-2013 at 05:34 PM. Reason: added some details - corrected my sentence

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    Give a try to

    https://www.force10networks.com/

    awesome. Better then cisco, compare the performance and you will love force 10

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    Cisco is the best, you can get a second hand for cheaper price too.
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    No problems with a Supermicro over here.

    Supermicro 52-Port Layer 2 Gigabit Ethernet Switch - SSE-G2252 ($685)

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    What about good options for Layer 3 switch(VLAN) and that is gigabyte for a budget?

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    Quote Originally Posted by /dev/fd0 View Post
    What about good options for Layer 3 switch(VLAN) and that is gigabyte for a budget?
    I believe my recommendation still fits perfectly
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    I would still recommend Cisco L3 switches. Specifically Cisco 3570 or 3560.
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    +1 Cisco..

    Even though they can be expensive ( a few thousand for a switch like you want ) You can get em off ebay cheaper.

    In all honesty though, almost all other makes have the same features. Cisco I find are just easier and work well.
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    Cisco delivers a comprehensive portfolio of switching solutions for Borderless Networks, data centers, and smaller businesses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rashmipal View Post
    Cisco delivers a comprehensive portfolio of switching solutions for Borderless Networks, data centers, and smaller businesses.
    Ok..
    As a senior network engineer for one of the worlds biggest telecoms companies. I have no idea what that is meant to mean in "real useful terms"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jay Singh View Post
    No problems with a Supermicro over here.

    Supermicro 52-Port Layer 2 Gigabit Ethernet Switch - SSE-G2252 ($685)
    More like $640 ... but it doesn't supports PoE, you need the SSE-G2252P if PoE is required, price for this one is around $1250.

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    Do it once, do it right, Go Cisco, you'll thank us later. They have by far the best support, product maturity, code stability, and largest user community around. As mentioned the 3750 is a good buy. We are currently a Brocade shop, and although their product works, there are more bugs in the code, the hardware is less reliable. Cisco stuff "just works" once configured. Plus, if you're a 100% cisco shop, the integration is second to none if you are implementing their switches, VoIP devices, servers, etc...

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    I would recommend a Juniper EX3300-24P, it meets all the requirements for a much better price than a CISCO (something like 40% less expensive), and these EX series switches are second to none (including cisco).

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    Quote Originally Posted by lynxus View Post
    Ok..
    As a senior network engineer for one of the worlds biggest telecoms companies. I have no idea what that is meant to mean in "real useful terms"
    It's from here: http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/.../products.html

    But fancy way of saying look at Cisco.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gualter View Post
    CISCO is good but expensive, however, if money is a problem for you, Try Juniper, are very good and good price :-)
    JNPR is almost always more expensive than Cisco for equivalent solutions.

    That said, I too would recommend the EX3300-24P -- amazing switch for the money.

    As a general guideline to Juniper products, stay away from products released in the last year (For now, those would be EX-4300 / 4550) and you'll have none of the 'code stability' issues people brought up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maykelrr View Post
    More like $640 ... but it doesn't supports PoE, you need the SSE-G2252P if PoE is required, price for this one is around $1250.
    You can always get something cheaper: Zyxel GS1910-48HP

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    You should also consider Cisco's IOS proficiency vs Brocade, Juniper or any other vendor operating system ease of use. Needless to say those are three excellent brands you have there.

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    We used to be 100% cisco shop for switches, which in our case was pretty much pure layer 2. We started talking to brocade and are now using them for our layer 2 switch needs. We see a good amount of savings with them as well, and we were at 60% off list with cisco. CLI is very similar so if you know cisco you can manage brocade pretty easily. Its already been said, but we use the ICX series and I have no problems suggesting it to use.

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