Servers on a Separate Switch

Is there any performance benefits to separating servers onto there on switch, thereby physically separating them from the workstations?
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Andy MIT Systems ManagerCommented:
Suppose it would depend on the switches, how they are connected together and what the servers are doing.

In a situation where you had two servers passing a lot of traffic between each other and the link between the switches was slow (i.e just a 1GB connection) it would probably be beneficial to have both servers on the same switch but generally having them on a separate switch to the rest of the network wouldn't provide much in terms of a performance benefit and in some cases it's better to have them osplit up on separate switches (i.e if one switch breaks then at least half the staff can work where as if the server switch goes nobody can connect to them).

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Remember that each switch you introduce segments your network.  Network segmentation provides the advantages of reducing congestion (thereby improving performance), improving security and localising network problems.

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