CISCO 3750s vs. A CISCO CORE SWITCH?
Posted on 2004-08-22
I have recently been informed that Cisco's core switches brag massive amounts of throughput on the internal switch matrix, but that the slots where the blades plug into are extremely limited (or bottlenecked) and that they cannot deliver nearly as much speed as the claim throughout the entire switch.
So I have been advised to someone who deals in hardware every single day, to purchase Cisco's new 3750 series switches as they will support VLANs and everything that we need to do at a much cheaper price point, and they also deliver MORE throughput than the standard Cisco Core Switch with a supervisor module etc, etc..
I am currently evaluating the possibility of installing TWO of these 3750s as opposed to ONE CORE switch, but I want more details on whether these statements are accurate, as well as what exact functionality I would be loosing when comparing to let's say a Cisco 4503 with the redundant power supplies, SUPERVISOR module installed, etc, etc?
Which switch is faster, which switch is a better purchase? Is there any validity to these claims? Currently I am looking at installing two 3750s and using the mini-GBICs to supply fiber between floors to some 5, 2950 (48pt and 24pt) switches. Is there anyway to make these 3750 switches act in a FAILOVER mode and make redundant connections in case one fails while no one is there, that it will automatically switch over to the other switch?
Please supply me with all of your comments and thoughts, as I am trying to look into this decision from every single angle?
Thanks In Advance..