How to create a fail-proof edge-switch?


I currently have an HP Procurve 2650 sitting at the edge of the network, which basically takes in one fiber feed from our uplink provider. Most servers are then connected to this Procurve.

Currently, we have a requirement for a new Gigabit switch. So I was wondering how we can actually get the Gigabit switch to also provide us a fail-proof solution. So if the 2650 fails, network stays up using the other switch until we get a replacement 2650.

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MelaleucaConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Well there is no such thing as fail-proof you can have redundancy built in but thats about it. You have a couple of options you can depending on the size of the site and the budget. you can go with a cisco 3750 stack so if one switch fails the other switch's take over as the master switch, but any servers on the switch that failed will be lost, unless you nic team. Or you can go with a high end 4500 or 6500 and you can get dual supervisors and power supplies.
zubrzubrzubrAuthor Commented:
Ok, so there is no real way of fail-proofing the system.
How about the way of connecting?

For example, regarding the stacking. What kind of a switch can we stack with the current HP Procurve 2650 that can have gigabit ports?
So it will look like this HP Procurve **** STACKED HP Procurve 2650 -> NetGear FSM726 #1 -> Netgear FSM726 #2

In order to have a switch stack you will have to have the same type of switches here are the switch that a HP can stack with.

Stacking capability: single IP address management for a virtual stack of up to 16 switches, including the ProCurve 2500 series, 2510 series, 2600 series, 2800 series, 2810 series, 2900 series, 3400cl series, 3500yl series, 4200vl series, 6108, 6200yl-24G-mGBIC, and 6400cl series
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