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Cascading multiple switches together

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We have a rack in a data center and we just purchased another rack where we will move some of our production servers.  I am looking at replacing network switches in the current rack as well as putting a new one in the new rack.

We have 2 VLANS setup, one for the public network and one for the private network.  I would like to be able to extend that VLAN to a second switch and it appears I can do that with cascading the two switches.

I am looking for recommendations on network switches that will do this - extend a VLAN across additional switches.

PS - It does NOT have to be Cisco, in many ways we actually prefer it not to be since we are a small shop and find the setup features in other switches more to our liking.

Thank you!

-Scott
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Hi Scott

I find HP's Procurve SW's resonable easy to manage.
Setting up a couple of Vlans betw. some sw's no prob.

I do not know how many ports, etc.
but for instance take a look at the 26xx's with some 100Mb ports and 2 Gig ports.
http://www.hp.com/rnd/products/index.htm
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Thank you for your response and for the tip on the HP switches.  I actually got an engineer on the phone, explained what we needed and we ordered them.

Thank you again!

-Scott
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glad to help
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