I'm looking to buy a Procurve 5412 zl switch for my network and am wondering what the differences are between the following 2 HP part #'s:
J9643A - this is the p/n on HP's site of the switch chassis (with no modules) - http://h17007.www1.hp.com/us/en/networking/products/switches/HP_5400_zl_Switch_Series/index.aspx#J9643A
J8698A - this is another part # that i found, mostly on ebay, but also at hp's site http://h10010.www1.hp.com/wwpc/ca/en/sm/WF06b/12136296-12136298-12136298-12136298-12136304-12388288-71606511.html?dnr=2
This switch will be for LAN only, i won't be using OSPF, BGP, etc. the only spec differences i can see is that J9643A supports 96x 10gbe ports (as opposed to 48) and 758 gb switch capacity (as opposed to 576), and 564 mpps throughput (vs 428).
does anyone know more about these switches and why i should pay significantly more for the newer version?
i only plan on putting about 96x 1GB ports on the switch (non poe) and maybe 12-18x 10gb ports, for uplinks to other switches and my VM hosts.