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Best configuration option for (2) Cisco 2960's for best network performance

I have (2) Cisco 2960-S that I need to configure in the most efficient way possible for the best network performance. I'm wondering if I should use the Flexstack module option, Fibre GBIC links of just plain ethernet between the two units. Could someone please shed some light on this subject and list the pros and cons of one solution versus the others.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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SouljaCommented:
If the switches will be right next to each other I don't see the point of using fiber, unless you feel that outside interference will be an issue. Otherwise, a cat6 cable is fine. As for the flexstack, that is not for speed purposes. It is more for managment and redundancy purposes. It will make your switches act as one switch instead of two.
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FrabbleCommented:
I agree with Soulja.

Flexstack option:
Pros:
Provides 2 x 10Gb interconnects between switches
Switches appear a one logical unit - easier to manage, allows link aggregation across switches to distribution/core
Con:
Relatively expensive. A module is about 800 USD

Etherchannel between switches:
Pros:
Relatively cheap, but ...
Cons:
Cost of SFP modules if using SFP ports
Uses up physical ports
Separate switches to manage
 






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FrabbleCommented:
Should have added, if you want the best network performance, FlexStack is the way to go.
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