I'd stick with Procurve... hard to beat a solid switch with a lifetime
warranty and no yearly support fees (I'm talking about you Cisco).
Which line to point you at is hard to say since I don't know what kind
of port density you require. But, the 4200 is a chasis solution (4 or 8
bay) and you can get just about any kind of port load out you want. The
Mini-GBICs aren't really all that expensive considering what they do
(ball park of $250 for the SX-LC Mini-GBIC).
You can also grab the 2800 with 48 10/100/1000 ports with 4 mini-gbic
ports as well (I bet that comes in around $1500).
If you need some good contacts for HP networking gear I've got a couple
guys you can talk to.
I agree that the 4000's are getting a little long in the tooth, but they
are still under warranty. Also there might be some trade-in
opportunities for you where you can dig up an old crappy hub/switch and
trade it in for a shiny new switch.
Michael Vining, SB Network Services
South Burlington School District
South Burlington, Vermont 05403
Direct: (802) 652-7298
DNS Help Desk: (802) 652-7050
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Subject: request: fiber switch recommendations
I am shopping for 3-5 switches fiber ready or fiber module equipped to
integrate into my network. I have been very satisfied with a mostly HP
Procurve backbone 4000 and 2500 series with fiber modules added and
like the idea of sticking with a procurve configuration but they are
getting a little old. The fiber modules were pricy but have been
durable. I know there are cheaper and compatible and equally reliable
switches out there and am seeking recommendations.
Cabot School Technologist
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