Depends upon what feature you NEED to operate within your network and the size and complexity of your design will dictate which model and what brand can support the design, function and feature you NEED to run the network.
I used HP ProCurve, Cisco, Netgear, and Brocade.
HP ProCurve was great reliable and cost-effective never paid maintenance as they had a Lifetime Warranty.
Cisco is good (not great) and you need to watch out for the Cost of Ownership with Cisco as the purchase can be competitive but the cost of ownership can kill.
Netgear works well for a 420-seat network along with WIFI A/P (8) and was super cost-effective. No issues for the 4.5 years running these.
Brocade is very good: we are still running these switches after 11 years. A few dead ones during this period but I must say impressed by the reliability.
I forget to comment on some points, with respect to Netgear I have not had enough experience, but if I can comment a customer of Netgear wireless changed it to Ruckus, with respect to prices Aruba, Extreme and Ruckus are very similar, Allied has not quoted for a while.
It is worth mentioning that Extreme stayed with Brocade Data Center equipment, but also Ruckus has similar solutions especially oriented to the campus level, creating clusters remotely without too many free loop configurations.
It is convenient to see more of your design to know which solution is the most appropriate and approach you with a manufacturer.
@Sandeep Pandit Aruba (formerly ProCurve) most recently with LL3 switches being fed by a full L3 switch. The L3 switch is SPF+ and we use Copper SFP+ cables to connect to servers in the room and put in a SFP+ fiber module for remote connections. I also looked at Netgear.
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