My company is opening its sixth branch (HQ) with around 250 employee capacity. We are planning out the network and trying to decide which switch to get. The switch should support upto 350 PoE (considering space for growth). Which of the two is better, Catalyst 6509E, or 4510E? I was hoping 4510E would be best considering its features and pricing. Any better switch suggestions are highly appreciated.
Cisco3925e router. ASA 5515. Dell M1000e blade servers.
The switch should support upto 350 PoE (considering space for growth).
You've just completely eliminated the 6500E as a contender for an access switch as Cisco has started EoL all PoE-capable line card. I am suspecting Cisco is pushing the 6500E back as a core/distro switch function so the 4500R+E can be positioned as an access switch.
Will the site be planning to do wireless?
You've got several choices here:
1. 3650 -- This model will soon be replacing the 3560-series switches, built-in WLC and can support up to 25 APs, stacking support;
2. 3850 -- This model will soon be replacing the 3750-series switches, built-in WLC and can support up to 50 APs, stacking support;
3. 4500R+E with Sup7e -- Popular if you don't want any wireless;
4. 4500R+E with Sup8 -- Basically a Sup7 but with a WLC that can support 100 AP;
5. 6800X/3807X with 6800ia -- It's basically a new 6500 that has a Sup2T supervisor card. The 6800ia is a 48-port (no 24-port available) with PoE and is a DUMB switch. All configuration is done on the 6800X/6807X.