How much difference does it make if I mix switches from different vendors?
Posted on 2007-10-17
How much difference does it make to network performance if I mix switches from different vendors?
I already have a 24-port managed switch from Netgear. (Netgear GS724T). I need to add capacity for another 240 ports.
I am trying to choose between 10, 24-port Netgear switches (NETGEAR JGS524) and 5, 48-port 3Com switches (3COM Baseline switch 2948-SFP Plus).
I was imagining that all the new switches would connect directly to the existing 24-port managed switch as a "head-end".
1. Does it matter much if I mix vendors?
2. What difference does it make to have a smaller number of larger switches? i.e. 5, 48-port vs 10, 24-port switches?