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Stackable switche options with Nexus range? - Nexus 3172

Hi all,

We are looking at upgrading our Rack switches. We have 3 racks and need about 80 10Gig copper/RJ45 server ports per rack. We are fairly price conscious.

I am new to Nexus product range, but have a lot of experience with Catalyst switches.

We are considering Nexus 3172T switches. But I’m not sure if they are really suitable because they don’t stack.

I would far rather a switch model that we can stack together so I don’t need to manage each switch individually (much as you would do with Catalyst 3750). We did look at Catalyst 4500X but they are too expensive.

Initially we only need Layer2 switches, but I would really prefer stackable switches in case we move to Layer3 switches (I don’t want to have to muck around with HSRP).

It really seems to be a big hole in the Cisco product range. Every other vendor we have looked at has a Virtual Chassis (Juniper, HP, Brocade) system that would be idea. Cisco have VSS in the 4500x but its pretty rubbish as it only allows two switches.

What sort of options do I have with Cisco Nexus at a reasonable price?




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