Joseph W. Doherty Sat, 03/22/2008 - 05:36
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Very hard to make a recommendation, without knowing some additional information.

What kind of systems are these? (e.g. users, servers?)

How much bandwidth to each host? (i.e. 10 or 100 or 1000 Mbps?)

Will the junction of the 50 systems be in one place?

How heavily will traffic be passed between the systems?

Do you expect and future growth in system numbers or traffic usage?

Any special kinds of traffic between the systems? (E.g. VoIP)

Any need to route between the systems?

Any need to logically isolate some systems from others? (I.e. all systems shouldn't see all systems traffic)

Any need for special security options? (e.g. DHCP snooping)

Will this new equipment be connected to other switches?

Restrictions on cost?


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