Stacking versus direct uplinking of switches
Posted on 2007-08-06
I want to see clearly through marketing gimmick.
Nortel says that it's Bay stack switches are the best in industry and pioneers when it comes to stacking technology. Cisco is just starting.
So, from core to IDF, they suggest, use 5 Nortels, all stacked, 1 stacked to 2, 2 to 3, 3-4,4-5 and 5 back to 1.
Then, they take 1 gigabit uplink each, from Switch 1 and 5 to core.
Cisco suggests, no need to stack. I lose my uplink capacity to 2 Gb if I stack the Nortel way.
Rather, up link each of the 5 cisco switches, with redundant fibers, to core. They say, pull 10 fibers off 5 swicthes on IDF, to two separate core switching modules, giving me a total of 5 GB uplink from each IDF to core.
Which design is better? Pls advise!!