Which switch to buy?

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I have 3 servers with dual gigabit NICs and would like to get a gigabit switch now.  Are the dual nics only for redundancy do I need to connect both to the switch? Can I daisy chain the servers and bypass buying the switch?  Only a small amount of internet traffic (100 users) will be on these machines.  My question is which switch should I get?  I am looking at Netgear GSM712, Netgear GS508TNA, and D-Link DGS-3308TG. What should I be looking for in a switch? What is GBIC used for? Does a Cisco switch buy me anthing? I didn't find anything from Cisco that gave me 8+ 1000-TX ports.

Thanks for helping,
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Sr. Systems Engineer
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>Are the dual nics only for redundancy
No, you can pair them for load-sharing if you want, or failover

>do I need to connect both to the switch?
Only if you want to use both in either a failover or load share

>Can I daisy chain the servers and bypass buying the switch?
Absolutely not.  

>What is GBIC used for?
This is the physical interface for your Gigabit port (if it is a GBIC slot) You can get multi-mode fiber, single-mode fiber, or copper models depending on what you need.

>Does a Cisco switch buy me anthing?
World-class support, full L3 routing/IOS capabilities

>I didn't find anything from Cisco that gave me 8+ 1000-TX ports.
http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/hw/switches/ps646/ps645/index.html





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Commented:
Thanks for your help.  I cannot justify spending 7K+ for Cisco.  Guess a Netgear switch will have to do me.

Thanks.
Les MooreSr. Systems Engineer
Top Expert 2008

Commented:
Glad I could help!

Cheers!

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