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i have been using HP managed switches for several years and have been happy with them, but when i looked into upgrading my main switch i was surprised at how much HP wanted ( $15,000 ) for a 120 port managed switch ( with one fiber module ).
any suggestions for good but less pricey managed switches?
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by:Don Johnston
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The 120 ports is what's increasing the cost. The E5412 is less than $4,000 but adding 24-port 10/100 modules increases it about $2000 per module. 10/100/100 adds $2,500 per module.

The only way I can think to lower the cost is to go with multiple small switches.

But that adds challenges too.

 
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by:Soulja
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You could get 3 48 port Cisco 3750x's and stack them. That would be 144 ports and up to 12 fiber capable ports.
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by:Don Johnston
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Excellent idea.

The only (potential) downside would be the relatively slower backplane/inter-switch speed.

HP claims 758gbps for the 5412 zl while the 3750X is 160gbps internal and 64gbps external.
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by:Soulja
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@don

That's a huge difference. If the cost of the 3750's are within thousands of the HP, I would go with the HP for sure. I guess is all comes down to what the author is willing to pay.
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by:Soulja
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$15k is not that bad of a price for what you are getting on that HP. Between the two options above I guess it comes to what is your priority ports/dollar or performance/dollar.
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by:Don Johnston
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Yeah. I guess it comes down to "you get what you pay for." :-)
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by:JeffBeall
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i really love the hp switch, and can't complain. i just haven't had to buy a switch in so long, I'm suffering from sticker shock.
from your description, it does sound like the hp is better. i guess i was just "shopping" other brands to compare prices.
i was asking the question because i only have practical experience with HP, and was wondering if there were other brands that were as good as hp but not as pricey.
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IMHO, the HP is a good lower-cost option to Cisco.

Lower than that, I don't have any first-hand knowledge.
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I agree, the HP is a good alternative to Cisco.
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You could get (3) Cisco WS-C2960S-48TS-S and stack them.  The 2960's are bit lower end then the 3750's, but they work well for end user connections.

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/ps6406/prod_models_comparison.html

The non-POE versions are a bit over $2,000.  So that would only cost you around $6,500 when all is done.
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by:JeffBeall
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thanks for the help
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