I am looking for a recommendation for 3 Gig switches for a medium size network of 25 users. I need an 8 port as the backbone switch and 2 16gb port switches for remote network closets. The traffic being moved will be user home directories, documents, internet, group sharing, email on a Mac OS X server with a gig nic. I need to be able to turn spanning tree off, or at least not have it as an active protocol on the switch. I used to use 3com products but that company is gone. I don't know the Cisco IOS so if managed I would need something like a web based GUI.
I was considering the HP Procurve 1810-G 8 port, which has web based management, and 2 HP ProCurve 1410G 16 port switches (the 1810G does not come in a 16 port configuration), but I am not sure if they have the horse power to do what needs to be done.
Presently the network has consumer grade switches and I think they have outgrown the small netgears and linksys's and need some business grade hardware.