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Gigabit switch recommendations

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Looking at doing some switch replacements, one of them would be my backbone switch which is currently a 48 port 10/100.

Anyone have some recommendations regarding gigabit switches? The obvious is Cisco but the price may be too hard for me to push past accounting.

Thanks.

 
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My personal philosphy is that you get what you pay for.
Cisco 2970 for 10/100/1000 is an excellent, cost effective product, but not for backbone work.
Cisco 3750 10/100/1000 is much more suitable as a backbone with awsome Web-based GUI

Dell switches, I've heard both good and bad - both about the customer service/support and about the performance. One client ripped out all Dells and replaced with Ciscos.

HP ProCurve are pretty good, reliable switches.

Your core switch is the heart and soul of the whole network. The wide array of capabilities built into the Cisco products, from port-level security to full l3 capabilities, along with world-class 24x7 support is well worth the investment to 'future proof' your capabilities.
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Some basic questions that will help you narrow down your choices, and possibly justify the cost if you need to:

1. how important is uptime to the organization? How much real $ does downtime cost?
2. How much network-layer security are you looking for? What are the security requirements of your organization?
3. How much in-house expertise do you have with one vendor's equipment, and how much will it cost you to implement (and support) some "other" vendor's products?
4. How much are you going to grow in the future? You only want to buy a core switch once every 5-7 years
5. What are your plans to integrate voice/video/data? Do you need Quality of Service in the LAN?
6. What are your plans to integrate wireless? Do you need extra intelligence in the switches to help manage the wireless environment?
7. What is your budget? What will you have to do without if you go with a higher-cost product in this application?
8. What kind of bandwidth hungry applications are you running today? How much more "bandwidth bloat" do you anticipate in the next 5 years? Will 10/100 still suffice, or is 10/100/1000 a better choice for the future?
9. What is your port-density requirement? Have you simply outgrown your existing switch?
10. What are your uplink/interconnectivity requirements to access/distribution-layer switches?
11. Do you need features like power over ethernet for IP phones or wireless access points?
12. Do you actively manage the network, or rely in un-managable devices?

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Thanks for the data points.

The switches I am looking to replace are Dell :)
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