VLAN or VLSM?
Posted on 2011-05-02
Been trying to figure out how best to configure my network. I have roughly 70 machines which break down as follows: 20 servers, 15 accounting, 20 creative, 10 printers, 5 public. Everyone needs to access the servers and printers. My main reason for breaking up the network is to segment each group into their own networks.
I have VLAN aware routers and switches, but have been trying to determine whether VLANs or Variable Length Subnet Masks would be the better approach? As I see it, VLSM lets me slice and dice my subnet to fit without the need to configure my switches. VLAN gets me the same but requires the VLANs and subinterfaces on both switches and routers to be configured.
I am really leaning towards VLSM, but it seems that either scenario gets me what I need, just wondering if there is any advantage to one over the other?
Points awarded to best reasoning and logic behind your answer.