We are going to be deploying a VOIP system within the 1st quarter of next year. During the 2nd or 3rd quarter we will be deploying WAP's for barcoding.
All of our LAN switches will be upgraded. Yes, we will be hiring a consultant to help with the equipment purchasing/selection and install. In fact, we already have one proposal. They proposed we use 3560?s.
I have no experience with LAN design but have begun reading about the various types of Cisco switches and I am trying to get an idea of what it should look like and why they chose the 3560?s (I cannot contact this consultant to ask why). From my brief reading I think the minimum we should be purchasing is the 3750?s and maybe should even be looking at the 4500?s. All of our LAN/WAN equipment, except one 24 port switch (other side of building), is in one room.
We will need:
100 ports for data/voip (PoE)
40 ports for WAP (PoE)
40 ports for servers
With the systems we are looking deploy and the money they are willing to spend I need to make sure that I agree with the selected equipment. My boss is all about performance.
that's definitely good information, but there are reasons that I choose 3750 over 4500. and they are:
cost - self explanitory
expandability - you'll have to overbuy on slots in the 4500 for future expansion. with 3750, you just add another switch to the stack.
closet configuration - I find the 4500 too dense to manage cables effectively. I separate each 3750 with a 2u wire manager to keeps things in their place.
managability - stackwise let's you manage the IOS for the whole stack as if it were a single switch, so you don't lose that advantage to 4500.
performance - you'll likely not use more than 1 or 2Gbs in your config. at 32Gbs the 3750 is more than adequate for today and tomorrow. why overpay for 136Gbs that you can't use.
redundancy - lose a 3750 and you lose 48 ports of ethernet which is quick and simple to replace. lose your only 4500 and you lose all your clients and your staring at a complex recovery - from SUPs to chassis.
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