I've been asked to do up a budget for the network hardware (access and distribution layers) for a new building. I've never had to do this before so I was wondering how others have decided precisely how many switches they needed per floor?
I have manually counted, on the plan drawings, how many wall-plates are going to be installed on each floor (assume 3 jacks per wall-plate as per Aust. standard). I figured there are two ways to do this: either try and get an answer on precisely how many people are planned to occupy each floor (plus teaching spaces), OR see if there's a "standard" that exists that says something like "provide hardware to cover no less than two thirds of the installed jacks".
I'm really interested to hear how others have managed this task.