I need a Cisco switching expert to help me make a procurement decision. Here are my requirements:
150 10/100 Ports that supply Power over Ethernet. POE must be "AF" Compliant, not Cisco proprietary.
A) These ports will be connected to Avaya 150 IP phones, and 150 PC's will be plugged into the phones as well. The phone has a 10/100 ethernet switch built into it. This cuts down on cabling. However, this requires each of the 150 ports to be "trunkable".
B) Obviously, the ports must be QOS compliant.
I also need 40, standard 10/100 ports for low end PC's.
Future growth could mean 200 IP phones and over 200 desktops.
My engineering department will also need 10/100/1000 in the near future.
I need redundant Single Mode Fiber links to another facility.
1. 6500 series Chassis with a variety of modules: $60K +
2. 3 3560 stackable switches: $20K
I have around $30K budgeted but can probably get 60K if there is a very good reason for it.
In a nutshell I am asking for an opinion of which way to go and why. We are not General Motors or NASA- money does not grow on trees here.
I am getting political heat about not considering the 6500 series chassis, i am being told that i am jepordizing the network.
Is the 3560 stackable solution viable? If not Why? How do I justify triple the cost?
Any insight that a Cisco switching expert can provide would be greatly appreciated.
PS Cisco is my only option as far as vendor goes.