I am a network admin and looking at our switching infrastructure. I feel like it is not efficiently built, and it is aging. It consists of HP Procurve switches, some of them are V1910's, newer ones are 2530's. (Several were purchased to support a VoIP phone system). All switches are connected with trunks- this takes up 4 ports per trunk and only communicates at linespeed. What I think needs to happen is I need to build a new core switch infrastructure, remove the aging equipment, relegate the newer switches to edge roles for client connections, and select adequate infrastructure for the core equipment... whatever I get, I am planning to use cascades so we don't end up using half the ports to trunk and get better performance. Our network is not complex- we have an MPLS, an inter-building fiber link, 2 VoIP VLANs, and 3 subnets at this location. so we wouldn't need more than 8 VLAN's- right now everything except the fiber and the phones are on the same VLAN and separated by routers- I think that using the VLAN capabilities of the new infrastructure could replace routing equipment and optimize the network further. So my question is, assuming we are keeping the newer HP Procurves (The newest are actually Aruba's), which have GBIC's but no cascade ports, should we use Cisco's for the core switches, or stay brand-consistent with HPe/Aruba, which will become the edge switches? Any model or feature recommendations?
Thanks for the help!