I need a layer 3 switch with all gigabit ports (48 ports) that can do stateful packet inspection between vlans. The switch will have about 3 vlans.
This switch will be connected to a single LAN interface on the hardware firewall device and not each vlan to each firewall interface and I want the switch to do the routing/managing traffic between vlans to take advantage of the switch's gigabit speed rather than the firewall's 100 mb interface.
Do I even need a layer 3 switch in this case as all the vlans will be hosted on the same switch?
Can you recommend me a good switch make/model that's reasonably priced that is:
-can do stateful packet filtering between vlans on its ACLs.
-48 gigabit ports.
It doesn't need to be CIsco as I'm looking for a reasonably priced one.