Advice on Dell PowerConnect 2824 Switches

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.
ronfastI.T. DirectorAsked:
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jdbredingCommented:
I don't know about robustness, but it really depends on what you are looking for.  With 2 24 ports, if one failed, you would at least have half your network operable with the second one and sometimes 2 24's are cheaper than a 48.  However, they take up a bit more room and you create a bottleneck at the uplink between switches, so the 48 would give better speed/performance.  Generally a 48 will be easier to configure than 2 24's, so in my opinion, it's more a case of what is most important to you and your environment.
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jdbredingCommented:
Well, 2 24 port switches chained will give you a net of 46 ports, so if you need 48 ports, that won't work.  You'll have to add a 3rd or go with the 48 port switches.
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ronfastI.T. DirectorAuthor Commented:
Do you know anything about the robustness of the 24 vs the 48? that's really the only thing i need to know.
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ronfastI.T. DirectorAuthor Commented:
Cool that's all i needed to konw. I think they are inexpensive enough that i can order a spare. if worse comes to worse, if one fails i can swap one of the procurves back in.
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ronfastI.T. DirectorAuthor Commented:
I saw that i accidentally asked to delte this question. i hadn't intended that.
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