I currently have 2 48 Port HP Procurve Mb switches. I'm going to upgrade to Dell PowerConnect 2824 (Recommended by a Tech consultant that I'm aquainted with.
I need 48 ports. he recommedened sticking with two 24-port switches (and daisy chain them together) rather than two 48 ports switches because the 24-port units are more robust.
I can only spend $2000 and i need manages switches. The procurves have performed flawlessly for ~8 years but are too expensive to replace.