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Unsure of Network design

Hi all!

We have a server rack at the moment with two switches feeding the servers its daily dose of network traffic,
each of the switches is connected to a separate gigabit feed of which both feeds go back to the main Campus network rack (unknown devices in here but looks impressive with patch panels and around four Extreme Switches).

My question.

I would like to connect both of our switches together without creating a storm or loop, I am only doing my ICND1 so unsure what spanning tree is but think its the protocol I am after.

I am planning on replacing both our switches for two Cisco SLM2024. Would connecting these devices to the normal feeds and connecting the switches together be ok? I am just concerned the switches in the campus network rack may not work, I don't know if all devices on the network need STP or if the two connecting need it only? is it a crossover cable if I do? will it speed the network up or just be redundancy if the link feed goes down on one?

Any advice welcome

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