Single rack in a Data Center: Need Hardware Firewall / Switches suggestion


We are planning to setup a single rack space solution in a Data Center where we will cater to about 8 different existing clients some requiring up to 2 dedicated servers and most of them only 1 dedicated server.

We will be bulk buying the internet bandwidth from ISP thereby allocating bandwidth and public IP addresses to all our clients as per their service requirement to reduce the cost.

Kindly advise on type of hardware along with preferred brands I need to look at for Firewall, Core switch (Managed), Normal Switch. We thought of using open source firewall Community edition of Endian as we are using now however as we expand we are worried over performance. We need scalability as many of our clients may opt for few more dedicated servers.

All we need is a low cost solution to protect the clients with a Firewall, allocating specific bandwidth so that one doesn't eat into others bandwidth i.e., bandwidth control

Looking forward for some expert advise

Thank you
Sri MCEOAsked:
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There are other things to consider as well. Such as compatibility, a standardization and budget. So if oy ucan provide more details of what your trying to accomplish long term it would help.  In the meantime, have you given thought to a Cisco UCS ?  They have several versions including the UCS mini below:

I currently use both the B series and C Series. Its a great product and is proven in the field and Data Centers.

As for a firewall I would go with a Fortinet . They are great, easy to manage and you can expand as needed.


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Sri MCEOAuthor Commented:
Thank you for your reply

I will have a look on UCS and fortinet as suggested.

Long term it will be managed hosted solutions. Hosted exchange, Dedicated and Virtual servers. It will be on a low scale for specific clients within our network
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