How to form a switch infra using HP 2530 switches?

This is a planning to form a 2-layer switch infrastructure to support up to 20 VLANs. The planning is, use 1 HP 2530-48G POE switch as top level core/distribution switch, while other 5 also HP 2530-48G switches on 2nd level as access-layer. All 5 switches have a uplink trunk to the 1 top level switch. This top level switch also use for server and some other top-priority applications. On top level switch, all VLAN virtual interfaces also create, to become the "default gateway" of each individual VLANs. So, intervlan-routing shouldn't be a problem. Will this design works? anything missed out?

Can we configure the above settings using CLI? if so, can show step-by-step?

thanks,
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thunderbird9249Commented:
Hello,

In order to have IP addresses to VLAN interfaces and interVLAN routing a Core switch should be a Layer 3 device. The switch HP 2530-48G seems Layer 2 Switch as per it's specifications.
MichaelBalackAuthor Commented:
Hi Thunderbird,

Is using firewall. A trunk port carrying all VLANs and connect to it.
thunderbird9249Commented:
Should work.. without any issues if routing configured on firewall.
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thunderbird9249Commented:
make sure you have all the VLAN interface addresses defined there in firewall.
MichaelBalackAuthor Commented:
Hi Thunderbird,

Any issue withis trunk carrying 20+ vlan? Will this slow down the network performance?
thunderbird9249Commented:
Should not be an issue. You can use LAG to increase the trunk link bandwidth.
JustInCaseCommented:
I guess it will be problem. I don't think that firewall should (is capable) to route intervlan traffic for many devices with all other things that should perform. L3 switch would be much better choice for intervlan traffic (much faster also).
Since you have 5 * 48 ports = 240 ports, let me assume there will be at least 120 hosts, I guess it is too much traffic for firewall to handle - NAT, VPN, firewall,  intervlan routing. not t mention bottleneck between switch and firewall. Depending on firewall model your network could be at least slow in peak hours, but it could be much worse than that...

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MichaelBalackAuthor Commented:
Hi Pedrag,

I am using Fortinet Fortigate 200b.

If layer 3 is a must, which hp switch model is advised?
JustInCaseCommented:
I am not very familiar with HP switches (models and capabilities), so I am not right person to give recommendation, but in network of that size L3 switch is a must.
MichaelBalackAuthor Commented:
Thanks to Pedrag in pointing out a L3 switch is needed for the whole thing to work fine.
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