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Cluster switches

We are adding 6 3550 switches to support 'only' our Citrix Server farm which

will connect to our 6505 Core Switch. Which is the most effect way to go?

Connect each switch with a GIG connection to the 6505 or create a cluster

of the 6 switches?

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Re: Cluster switches

Reading thru the features and Network Design documentation at http://www.cisco.com/pcgi-bin/Support/PSP/psp_view.pl?p=Internetworking:Switch_Clustering_Technology I'm thinking clustering might be your best solution.

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Re: Cluster switches

"Clustering" is independent of your physical design, and is really a means of managing several switches from a single ip address. Whether or not you connect them together (e.g. via a GigaStack or a 1000 BaseT/SX connection) should be determined by the amount of bandwidth you expect the servers to require. If you expect more than say 150Mbps of traffic from each 3550, than you should consider running them over seperate connections to prevent contention for the single Gb line that would run back to the 6505 from the "stacked" 3550s.

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