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What brand Fiber Switch to buy?

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We have a warehouse site with 5 warehouses, an office, and a couple of other buildings.  I am wanting to improve our network design by adding a backbone switch and connecting all the switches through it rather than daisy chaining them from one building to the next.  I am looking for a switch with just fiber ports, about 8.  We have SC connectors on most of our equipment.  

I am having trouble finding this item.  Everything I find seems to be modular and only support 10Mb or 100Mb modules, or they are like 21,000 dollars.  Does anyone have a recommendation on a brand or a model that is cost effective and will do the job?  
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If you want Gig fiber it is going to be expensive. There is no way around that. I would recommend the Cisco 3750 12S (WS-C3750G-12S-S) to you. It would make a great core switch for a small network. But; it cost about $5,500 plus SFP cost.
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Oh wow, that wasn't what I expected.  I definitely don't want to skimp and get a cheapy if it won't work properly, but that is well over my price range.  I appreciate your help though.  Do you think that's probably the only solution?  What happened is I worried the admin at the warehouses when we were talking about the number of switches repeaters, etc you can have in a network.  Now he's afraid of latency issues, even though their aren't any at the present time and right now he's not exceeding the maximum number of chained switches.
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If you are willing to go with 100Mb the price would drop significantly. But with gig even if you went with a cheaper brand like 3com it would still be about $4,000 plus SFPs.
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OK, I understand.  I had seen some Black Box brand products that were really cost-effective, but only offered 10 and 100 Mbit connections.  It just doesn't seem very efficient for the backbone of the network to run at only 100Mbit.  Right now there are 3 or 4 switches daisy-chained with Gbit fiber hookups, do you think that is more efficient?  

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If it's only 4 switches I would stick with the daisy chain. To put it into perspective; Cisco's recommended network diameter (the maximum distance between switches) is 7. If you go beyond that then you should probably think about redesigning your network.
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Thank you for your help.  I do appreciate the straight-forward answers.
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