Switch Selection for Small Film Production WorkGroup
Posted on 2004-08-15
I've been tasked with the revamp of our novice network. We currently have 8 workstations (3 Mac, 5 PC), a slew of FW drives, and a networked multi-function printer/copier.
We are adding a MS SBServer which will act as our business and interactive media storage in addition to running exchange, ftp, and low volume web content.
My first challenge is trying to figure out which swtich will work for our work group. The editing stations share/access large media files across the network and will be adding storage (ide raid array, not sure if these are stand alone or connected to workstation).
Most of the workstations have giganet cards in them.
Which switch will be suitable for our needs? Managed or Unmanaged? Brand? We are on a budget!
I am assuming this will be built out with the SBS Server sitting off the switch and the group plugged into it. Our current connectivity is 800Kbps cable modem which has been fine for our needs.
How do I structure the network? I realize that is a loaded question but I have to start somewhere. TIA