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Posted on 2008-06-17
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We are currently in negotiation to move to a co-location site. I have to purchase new equipment for this site because not everything is going ony mission critical stuff. My question is I have pretty much around 15k to spend on new equipment. I was thinking about just copying what I have here on site which is a few cisco switches. 1 3560G for the routing and 2 2960G's. Would it be cheaper or even smarter to purchase 1 4500 series switch with the same amount of ports? Would there be any benefit from this. I assume it would be more scalable. Also can I purchase a 4500 switch for that amount? Any help is appreciated.
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by:kdearing
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Since you are starting from scratch...

I would use a router to do...well you know...routing.
Maybe an 1800 series router and a couple of 2960's should keep you within budget.

A chassis-based switch such as the 4500 can be pricey, some of the switch modules are more expensive than a standalone switch. You may find it difficult to stay within your budget.
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by:from_exp
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hi!
If you have to do nat, then it's better to change L3 switch to one more L2 switch with router 1800
as for L2 switches 2960 are good, but if you plan to use them in a single wiring closet you can consider using stacked switches or they can be from HP or other vendor.
If you'll look at HP then 5400 series can be your choice, it is chassis based, can have a lot of ports and price per port should be lower then cisco's. you can have multiple power supplies, can have spare card and cpu if you need real redundancy.
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I am going to be using an ASA 5520 for the nating. I also already have a cisco 2851 as a perimeter router here at corporate. Would it be beter to use the 2851 as the router for my vlans?
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