2014-12-09 10:26:00 UTC

When evaluating Ethernet Switches, what aspect do you think is the most important to look for?

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Real UserTOP 20

I would say a mix between performance, stability, managebility, functionality, flexibility, compatibility and price.
I'm all into SDN, automation and integration.

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2017-07-13 12:54:41 UTC13 July 17


2015-11-19 16:41:51 UTC19 November 15

I really enjoy the Meraki's approach to switch administration and I think all future switches (managed locally on primes or via the cloud) should provide administrators more visibility and ease of administration.

2015-08-25 20:38:22 UTC25 August 15
Real UserTOP 20

For me there are several: Is the switch L3, does it have CLI or some management, and I think I would prefer a CISCO with gigabit connectivity.

2015-07-15 14:14:28 UTC15 July 15

There are several variables to verify, but one of them is that the switch have to be manageability and VLAN compatible.

2015-07-13 22:45:10 UTC13 July 15

Relatively new to Distributed systems but it has to be rock solid, easy to use and maintain.

2015-05-22 20:04:23 UTC22 May 15
Real User

There is no one uber criteria for all types of switches. It always depends..
Campus access switches require PoE and stack capabilities. DC access switches have to be superfast and reliable. Core/Disrribution/Spine and DCI role switches are to support extended L3 and MPLS functionalty and so on.
Nevertheless in a new era of SDN where automation and orchestration paradigms come to play all ongoing switches have to have some sort of open API. Besides that an interoperability is a key factor as well. So open standarts is my another main criteria.

2015-05-12 11:25:08 UTC12 May 15
Real UserTOP 10

I don't think there is only one important criteria, it should be a balance of price, performance, features, manageability and support.

2015-05-07 18:00:44 UTC07 May 15
Real User

My most important criteria in Ethernet Switches would be compatibility of needed functions (hardware and software used) and other products, throughput, reliability, and the accountability of the product to be functioning for 7-10 years (the next renovation/purchase cycle) with-holding the ability to comply with the emerging technologies. Also the company's support (manufacturer and supplier) will also be crucial...

2015-03-30 09:15:18 UTC30 March 15
Real User

PoE capacity to port ratio comes first. And of course the uplink bandwidth capacity. I don't look at anything other than Cisco. They are #1 for a reason, and it is my personal experience that I can place a Cisco switch, configure it, and forget it. They just work.

2015-03-16 13:53:33 UTC16 March 15

Number of ports, PoE, processing, and look for a product with good reviews and customer service~

2015-03-03 04:46:26 UTC03 March 15
Real UserTOP 10

I look for proven reliability i.e., Cisco. There's a reason they are the go-to industry standard for switching. As far as features, I look for Gigabit Ethernet ports all around, PoE, and Stack-wise capability in order to future-proof my purchases for as long as possible.

2015-02-23 02:28:57 UTC23 February 15

Depending on what your requirements are my opinion is throughput and functionality. Management is another consideration as it won't do you any good if you can't manage the switches purchased. As far as POE is concerned look at the wattage and make sure your devices are going to have the power needed. The rest of the lights, bells and whistles are up to you.

2015-01-21 22:53:44 UTC21 January 15
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