All brands claim that their switches are;
Therefore, I don't anticipate any performance difference between brands.
If you are only concerned about performance, you can buy just any brand/model.
If you are "really" concerned about performance, you should think about purchasing switches with 10 Gbps or 25 Gbps or 40 Gbps or 100 Gbps Ethernet interfaces (then your PCs should also support such rates, and your cabling should be able to handle such rates).
In short, you should be more concerned about the following things:
b) Delivery time (because of chip shortage).
c) Failure rates.
d) Service and support.
e) Extra features (if you need them).
Your need for extra features (including Layer-3 capabilities, QoS capabilities and security capabilities) will mainly depend on the size of your network and your specific work requirements.
I am trying to determine if we need to specify and justify the cost for FM200 fire suppression.
Client has about 24 sites each with a computer equipment room containing anywhere from 3 to 5 racks with 3-4 Dell and HP servers, CIsco network switches, patch panels, UPS and batteries. Many of these locations will go to unstaffed in the future.
Senior Network Admin at a educational organization with 501-1,000 employees
10 March 21
No, i've been working it IT for 20 years and never seen a fire in a server room (yet). However I have seen a flood when there was a particularly heavy rainstorm that flooded the car park and then made its way into the basement of the office block. The rain was so heavy it set all the car alarms off in the car park.
It's like insurance, you hope you never need it. But one day you just might.
I have never experienced a fire in a data center but have seen some hazardous server rooms. It basically comes down to insurance and how badly damaged the equipment is and if not you have a redundant/fail-over/disaster recovery solution in place. Fire damage like water damage means game over, you will be looking to replace all IT equipment. Apart from physical damage you must also take downtime into account. So it's weighing up the cost of replacing the data center and downtime versus a fire suppression system. You may find this article interesting:https://www.missioncriticalmag...
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