I have read some of the similar questions and received some good information, though the threads were from a couple of years ago. I am asking my specific question because equipment changes over time and there may be a better solution at a lower cost available now.
I am bringing in a fiber connection to an office building to be shared among 20 distinct offices (separate businesses). It was recommended that I do this with VLANs on a Layer 2 switch. These VLANs will NOT communicate with each other.
After looking into it, this seems like a good solution to me. Now I have to decide which switch I need, that is what is the least expenses switch that will meet the following criteria:
20 VLANS (each VLAN would be 1 port as that would be directly connected to that office's network) with a set IP range for their network.
VOIP - many of the businesses are using Hosted VOIP, will this interfere?
Bandwidth Control - I want to be able to apportion a minimum amount of bandwidth to each office below which they won't lose if they are using the net. When not in use I want it free for all to use. Effectively they are sharing the upper limits without compromising some minimum performance. I would also like the ability to just give them a set slice of bandwidth.
Support - i would like 24/7 tech support and 4 hour hardware replacement
Management - would like to be able to manage this remotely over the internet
I have found that there are a ton of choices, Cisco alone has 6 24 Port Layer 2 switches and I can't tell the difference. So your help is greatly appreciated.