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    Best layer 2 switch specs / price

    Hi, I will ask a question that has appeared many times in the forum but I want to know right now what layer 2 switch has the best value price (new or used) in EU market.

    I am looking a gigabit switch with 24 or 48 ports for management of 16 servers. I would like if possible to have ability to add 10G fiber in a future.

    Thank you.
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    I have seen some folks to use TPLink and they said these were OK. These are quite cheap. We've never tested any though... Happy with Juniper EX series.
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    I'd personally recommend the Juniper EX3300-24T. You can also go with the FESX/FCX series - just make sure you get the 600 series as the 400 doesn't have support for IPv6.

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    Have you looked at the Brocade FastIron FWSX448+2XG (48 port 10/100/1000, 4 port SFP Gbic expansion, 2 10GigE XFP modules)?

    Should be affordable on the used market for the base switch minus the optics etc.

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    If you need layer 2 only, the Brocade FLS648 is a reasonably priced option.
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    Cisco 3750E (10g capable) or a 2960G would be good.
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    A really good bargain for a 48 port switch is the Cisco 4948-10GE.

    You can pick them up used on eBay for $850 or so. This is an old but well proven design with enterprise class features such as dual redundant hot-swap power supplies, hot-swap fans, full layer 3 wire-speed routing capabilities, advanced protocols(BGP, HSRP, VRF, OSPF, etc.), top-notch VLAN support, two 10GE uplink ports, full Cisco IOS operating system with software support until Feb 2014, 136Gbps switching fabric, and powerful SNMP management.

    You can also pickup the non-10G uplink version (4948) for around $500-600 that has four SFP uplink ports supporting optical connections.

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    As already mentioned above, the Brocade FLS648 and FWSX448+2XG are good used options but the FWSX448 won't be good if you need IPv6. Try and find 600 models for that. For new, take a look at the ICX 6450-48.
    http://www.brocade.com/downloads/doc...30-6450-ds.pdf

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    Quote Originally Posted by Martin2341 View Post
    As already mentioned above, the Brocade FLS648 and FWSX448+2XG are good used options but the FWSX448 won't be good if you need IPv6. Try and find 600 models for that. For new, take a look at the ICX 6450-48.
    http://www.brocade.com/downloads/doc...30-6450-ds.pdf
    FWSX is perfectly fine for IPv6. Remember that the FWSX is a layer2-only switch.
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    Thank you very much for the replies, I find the above switches.

    My concern is to find an inexpensive solution to interconnect 4 Supermicro servers with cards Infiniband QSFP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FastServ View Post
    FWSX is perfectly fine for IPv6. Remember that the FWSX is a layer2-only switch.
    Sorry about that! Thank you for correcting me.

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    The EX2200 is a great switch for an all-gigabit layer2 switch. The 48 copper + 4x SFP ports model can easily be found for <$1K, and the 24 + 4 model for $600-$700 brand new. The EX3200 is a nice switch too, but the layer3 capabilities aren't worth paying more for if you're not going to need them.
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