I have been tasked with setting up a new branch office, with 100+ users, a stack of servers (1Gb-based) and some wireless access points, WAN block (ASA 5520 and a couple of routers.)
At the moment, port requirement is around 400.
As there's not enough space and it's only a single floor office, I'm thinking to go ahead with one of Cisco 6500 models, specifically Catalyst 6513-E, as a core and access switch. This way, there won't be any need to try to install 48-port switches around the small office area.
I'm not too sure about the pricing at the moment. It may be a better/cheaper option to go with a couple of 3750s as core/aggregation and 2960s for access switch installed all in the same rack. If I go with small switches, it would be roughly x7 48-port access switches and one stack of two 3750s, which gives about 450-60.
I believe I won't utilise half of the capacity if I go ahead with 6513, however my manager wants to minimise the overhead managing this branch office hence this all-in-all one switch option has resurfaced.
Is there anyone using this kind of similar setup in the environment? If so, can you please share your opinions?
Also, would there be a huge difference in terms of pricing?
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Will you need PoE? If so, in current 6500 series, believe you'll need IAs. If you go with them, you could use the 6807 or 6880.
You might find the 6500 (especially with dual sups [for redundancy]) pricy compared to using a 2960 stack with a 3750 stack. (BTW, rather than 3750 series, you might want to look at the 3650 or 3850 series, the latter supporting WLAPs.)
Also if you really want to minimize the logical device count, and allow for better performance, you might want to have just a single L3 stack.
Or, another option might be to use 4510. With as many ports as your looking to set up, you might find this even less expensive than some L3 stacks and its performance can be much better.
I was just going over 4510R+E for a potential winner; It seems to have 10 slots, which gives me about 390 Gig ports, with two dual sups. Given that a single sup 8E can provide throughput as below table, I should think about going forward with a single sup.
Given that most users will be on 100Mbps at peak time and all other miscellaneous traffic, it would come down to around 20Gbps.
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