Moving into a new office space as we grow and I'm looking for advice on switches. At the current location we have 4 netgear smart switches (gs748t). Let's call one the core with the servers and it has 4 port lags to the "edge switches" for workstations. Wifi ap are one on the core and two on the edges due to placement as things grew over the last 5 years. VoIP uses local Poe injectors under each desk.
For the new location:
I'll have one room with all my servers and switches and all workstations home run here. Desks will have VoIP phones with a second cable.
I've ordered two new servers with 10g baset onboard and so I want to have a 10g switch as my core. There really are not many options in the sub 10k price range here so I'm thinking about the netgear 7100 series. I can put all my 10gBaseT servers here as well as a sfp+ to my sonicwall NSA3600
Then take another sfp+ and run it to a stack of 2 48p switches for desktops. I'm thinking the netgear m5300 series. The only non netgear gigabit with 10g sfp+ uplink model I could find was the Cisco 500x series. What worries me about Cisco are the short lifespans of their SMB lines. I like keeping all my layer3 in the sonicwall and there just are not that many gigabit with 10g uplink switches out there. I think hp has a model you can add a sfp+ module to but their lines are so confusing its hard to get them straight.
Finally I would add a few Poe switches I would patch to the phones. They are only fast Ethernet so I'm not too concerned about these switches. I don't see the point of $3k 10g uplink Poe switches just for phones.
I have lots of experience in the SMB networking field but as the company grows I need to learn about this larger scale gear. I'm really just looking for advice from someone with more experience with this sort of thing. 1g switches with 1g uplinks in a lag just seems silly to me but that's what I see everyone offering.