One big switch vs multiple smaller ones?
Posted on 2009-05-06
I'm thinking that I should use this slow period to try and upgrade our infrastructure a bit.
We have about 30 workstations in our office, 5 servers, and 8 Network printers.
What I'm wondering is, what would be better
A) Having things seperated by smaller switches, and the smaller switches connected to one central switch. (Printserver and printers on one switch, Oil Data and users on another switch, Land Data and users on another, Admin data and users on another. Have the DC also connected to the main switch)
B) As I have it now, two 24 port switches, one connected to the other, and everthing coming off the two of them.
The oil users usually only access the oil data and print, but sometimes they would access the admin data. And the same goes for the other groups, they usually only access their own data, but sometimes they go to the other data sources.
Assuming that we are 100% GB, switches (unmanaged), NICs, Cat5e, would either method have a significant benefit over the other?