I'm in the midst of providing network hardware specs for a new facility and had a question for the community regarding design philosphy.
Back in 2000, we rolled out a completely new infrastructure when we moved to VoIP and utilized a 6506 w/ a SUP1A and X6348 modules as the core piece of hardware in our server room.
We deployed stacks of 3524XL-PWR switches to the other two floors of the facility.
The date and the not-yet-standard PoE spec used by Cisco limited what choices we had regarding switches.
Fast forward to today, with switches like the stackable 3750E's providing a lot of bandwidth and features.
I've already bought several 3750E's to replace some of the dying 3524's, but I'm trying to decide whether to simply rely on stacks of 3750's for all locations in the new facility or to implement any of the 6500 or 4500 switches in the core of the facility.
We will be deploying gigabit to the desktop, and I'm seriously considering 10Gbe for the inter-cluster connections.