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What are your recommended Layer 2 and Layer 3 network switches if the main consideration is performance?

Heading IT at Hero steels Ltd

Hi community,

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


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reviewer160041 - PeerSpot reviewer

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 reviewerEvgeny Belenky
Community Manager

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

Cesar Reza - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5Reseller

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





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.


Sandeep Pandit - PeerSpot reviewerSandeep Pandit

@Cesar Reza Thanks buddy for detailed response

Cesar Reza - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5Reseller

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.


Dawie De Lange - PeerSpot reviewer

Steer away from legacy networking. 

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

MemphisGuy - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5User

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.

Sandeep Pandit - PeerSpot reviewerSandeep Pandit

@MemphisGuy can you name some brand or which one you have experience ever

Pratap Barik - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20Real User



Mohamed Rashwan - PeerSpot reviewer
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MemphisGuy - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5User

Hi @Sandeep Pandit, ​

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

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

Sandeep Pandit - PeerSpot reviewerSandeep Pandit

@MemphisGuy thanks for your reply actually looking to re-structure of networking  with L3 archicture with L3 & L2 switches ,L3 for uplinks with fiber connectivity ,Please suggest

MemphisGuy - PeerSpot reviewerMemphisGuy
Top 5User

@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.

Evgeny Belenky - PeerSpot reviewer
Community Manager

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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