We are getting ready to replace our aging phone system with a new Avaya IP phone solution. Before we can do that, however, we need to replace a number of our switches as they aren't PoE. My question is what is the requirement for a switch to accommodate an IP phone system?
A little info:
- We are a company of about 100 people and devices. We are growing, but we won't be a giant company in the forseeable future.
- The phone company is suggesting we replace all of our switches with Avaya Enterprise level switches, which run about $2000+ for 48 port switch.
-We currently have one switch, a CiscoSG200-50 port smart switch with VLAN capability and PoE. All of the rest definitely need to be replaced either way.
Does it make any sense to spend $2000+ per switch on an enterprise level device in a somewhat small business with it APPEARS a $500 dollar Cisco Small Business Smart Switch does everything we need?
I'm aware the fully managed Avaya switches have considerably more features and security, but it seems excessive for the size of our company with features I'm not sure we'd ever use.
Or is there more to it?