I am currently restructuring the network topology of a small office of approximately 100 nodes (and possibly soon another 50-60 for VoIP). The current arrangement is 5 cascading switches in the following order:
(all Cisco Catalyst)
3550 - 24P
2960 - 48P PoE
2960 - 24P
2960 - 24P
2960 - 24P (not in use at this time)
A firewall is connected to the 3550 along with a few servers. Some other servers using the extra Gb ports on some of the 2960's, and all switches are cascaded using their Gb ports.
Primary concern - I would like to get all high traffic servers on a single Gb switch (4-5 nodes)
Secondary concern - I think perhaps the switches should be connected to a single Gb switch instead of cascading
But budget is tight right now...and I was thinking of ordering the Cisco Catalyst 2960 8 port Gb switch and then connecting those 4 servers and uplinking the switches in a backbone format. Does this sound like a reasonable approach and if so, will that 2960 8 port do the job? It seems a bit light, doesnt even have a fan.