Network Design

SrikantRajeev used Ask the Experts™
Would like to design a network for a server farm where there will be 15 servers which will be deployed in a small DC.
The switches needs to be in redundant mode  & the servers will be connected to both the switches.
Further the switches will be connected to Firewall for external connectivity.

Would like to know which model of switches is recommended for this setup.
Any  Cisco model recommended.
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You'll need a couple of switches which will do HSRP, so layer 3 - some second hand 3750's would do fine, depends how much you want to spend.


I am looking for latest model. IS 3650 recommended. I believe it is latest.
Agree with Andy, it depends on your budget.

I would go with Cisco catalyst 3750 if the budget allows, you could also look at the HP Procurve 1910
Hi Srikant,
I would go to 3850 series.
3750 is now obsolete.
3650 is good for you anyway, but 3850 has got StackPower technology and has got modular uplinks.

You may want to read at stackpower on the following link:

hope this helps



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