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2022-04-13T08:03:00Z
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Heading IT at Hero steels Ltd
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What are your recommended Layer 2 and Layer 3 network switches if the main consideration is performance?

Hi community,

What are your recommended Layer 2 and Layer 3 switches (apart from the Cisco ones)? My main consideration is performance.

Thanks.

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AG
Senior Director Information Technology at a hospitality company with 201-500 employees
User
2022-04-27T05:13:22Z
27 April 22

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.

Evgeny Belenky - PeerSpot reviewer
Director of Community at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
Community Manager
27 April 22

@reviewer160041 thank you for such an in-detail answer. I'm sure it will be helpful to many peers.

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CR
Director at REDCO
Reseller
Top 5
2022-04-19T23:13:17Z
19 April 22

It depends on your budget, but here is a list:


-Extreme


-Ruckus


-Aruba


-ALLIED TELESYN


For data centers: Arista.


Ruckus and Extreme: some models come from BROCADE, which is the best of the best for Fiber channel systems and switching for old virtualization systems. Extreme bought something from AVAYA.


Ruckus - you need to pay licenses for the speed of the ports where they are 1 GB, 10 Gb or 40 Gb.


Aruba is easy to configure and includes many features.


Greetings

SP
Heading IT at Hero steels Ltd
User
21 April 22

@Cesar Reza Thanks buddy for detailed response

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MV
Consultant with 11-50 employees
Consultant
Top 5
2022-08-16T03:12:01Z
16 August 22

If the main consideration is performance, you won't go wrong with anyone in the Gartner Wired and Wireless Edge Networking Magic Quadrant Leader quadrant, i.e., Aruba / HPE, Cisco, Juniper / Mist, or Aerohive / Extreme.


I've worked with all of 'em. It's never really the case, but if the starting point is "Cost is no object," then go with Aruba CX-OS (6300M, 6400, 8360v2, 8325, 8400) to build the Campus LAN, Cisco Nexus for the Data Center Top of Rack (ToR) and End of Row (EoR) L2 Switching Fabric with Arista Routers for the L3 part, and Palo Alto for your Internet firewall(s).


There's not a lot of context here, so those recommendations change if you're doing something specialized like a megascale datacenter, Cloud native infrastructure, multi-tenant, etc.

MemphisGuy - PeerSpot reviewer
Network Services Manager at a educational organization with 51-200 employees
User
Top 5
2022-04-19T17:14:16Z
19 April 22

Hi @Sandeep Pandit, ​


As a general rule, Layer 2 is faster than Layer 3.  


Also, I need to know more details to recommend anything.  

MemphisGuy - PeerSpot reviewer
Network Services Manager at a educational organization with 51-200 employees
User
Top 5
21 April 22

@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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CR
Director at REDCO
Reseller
Top 5
2022-04-22T22:53:43Z
22 April 22

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.


Greetings.

Dawie De Lange - PeerSpot reviewer
Principal Network Engineer at Layer7 Networking
User
2022-04-21T05:21:54Z
21 April 22

Steer away from legacy networking. 


I would consider Extreme Networks Campus Fabric which will enhance performance at a lower cost

Dawie De Lange - PeerSpot reviewer
Principal Network Engineer at Layer7 Networking
User
16 August 22

@Michael Velasco 100% agree with you, if you need a highly secured and redundancy as a requirement I would look at Extreme's (old Avaya) fabric. So yes you are right depends on the requirements.

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MemphisGuy - PeerSpot reviewer
Network Services Manager at a educational organization with 51-200 employees
User
Top 5
2022-04-20T17:30:23Z
20 April 22

Of those mentioned, I have used Aruba and Netgear most recently and they have worked well.


If you're not sure if you need an L2 or L3 switch you should also look at "light layer 3" switches which are in between. They are mostly L2 but with the most basic L3 functionality.

MV
Consultant with 11-50 employees
Consultant
Top 5
16 August 22

@Sandeep Pandit, there are some legacy Procurve / Aruba switches that are examples. The 2930 series had a single area OSPF. 
You were never going to use them as ABR or ASBRs, but they could participate in one OSPF area and had a great price point. 

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PB
Data Center Admin at Sysnet Global Technologies
Real User
Top 20
2022-04-20T13:28:33Z
20 April 22

-Aruba


-Netgear

Mohamed Rashwan - PeerSpot reviewer
CEO at C-Selection Technologies
Real User
2022-04-19T23:37:23Z
19 April 22

Aruba

Evgeny Belenky - PeerSpot reviewer
Director of Community at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
Community Manager
2022-04-18T06:34:40Z
18 April 22

Hi @Wesley Wang, @reviewer1042635, @YaserAltwailey, @Steve Pender, @Manish Nalawade ​and @reviewer1567812,


What would be your professional recommendation to @Sandeep Pandit?


Thanks for the help!​​ ​ ​ ​ ​

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