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Hi,
I need to purchase some of the CISCO Switches as i am redoing my whole IT Infrastructure from the start. My doubt here is that, I am planning to have 48 port CISCO 2900 Series Switches in my Server RACKS which will also have SFP's to connect the FIBRE CABLES. What i want to know is that, i do not have very high budget to purchase all of CISCO switches only, so is it possible that I can have CISCO switches on my main Server room and then from there i connect to the other office premises with a fibre cable on other brands (LINKSYS), which also has SFP connections, will this work.
I am planning to have VLANS on the server room switches too. Please advice.
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mean while it will work,, just make sure your Linksys switches comparable with SFPs you purchased ..
and regarding VLANs it will work also same issue as in Cisco..
dont forget tat Linksys is now a Cisco vendir ..
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HI,

It is possible, but the error finding is more complex than you buy on 2900 switches, which have IOS!

Best regards,
Istvan
As long as the switches conform to standards...Yes
However, I'm not a fan of 'mix-n-match', especially if your redoing the network anyway.
As mentioned above, Linksys is owned by Cisco, but I would prefer a homogenous network.

If your budget will not allow a full Cisco solution...
I've had good experience with Dell Switches.
Another good solution is HP, many network engineers swear by them.
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have you considered using HP switches for the core and edges, i have used cisco and HP switches, the HP switches are more cost effective and come with either the same or more features then cisco's

they also use very similar commands, so understanding them should be simple.