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Please recommend 10 Gbit switch for servers interconnect

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Dear Experts,

Please recommend reliable 10 Gbit switch model to interconnect 3 or 4 ESXi hosts.
This is production environment so need pair of switches, probably LAYER2, traffic will not hit uplinks and go betwen hosts for VMware Virtual SAN.

All other switches are Cisco but can't find appropriate Cisco model. 4500-X would provide 16x2=32 ports while we need only 3x2=6 Gbit ports.

Thank you
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 1500 total points
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We use Dell N4000 series, and we are very happy with them.

e.g. the N4032

http://www.dell.com/us/business/p/networking-n4000-series/fs

(I believe re branded Brocade switches)
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by:Paul Solovyovsky
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Juniper 4500 series are cost effective, enterprise grade, and stackable 10GB SFP+ switches.  Also will do Layer 3 if needed
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by:Paul Solovyovsky
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forgot to clarify, the new ones are Juniper 4550 with 32 port 1GB/10GB
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by:itguy565
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Personally I like the HP Procurve 10Gbse

There are few models such as A5820, A5920 and A5900
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Dear Experts,

Many thanks for your comments.

Dell N4000 switch looks as most interesting option taking into account that this is 10Gbase-T switch and reasonably priced. While other switches - Juniper and HP are hardly cost effective as we need to use only 3 ports per switch and price tag is very high for swithc pair.

@Andrew Hancock: Do you know original Brocade model, I couldn't find, they have so many switches ... Dell brand we cannot buy.
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I have no idea, what Brocade models, Dell do not make it obvious.
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